DSA Announces Sponsorship of Cell Phones For Soldiers

Recycling program provides free calling cards to soldiers overseas in exchange for donated phones

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Fairfax, Virginia, May 11, 2009
DSA is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Cell Phones For Soldiers, a non-profit program that collects old and unused cell phones which are exchanged for prepaid calling cards that are sent to over 150,000 soldiers serving overseas away from their families. DSA will be collecting phones in each of their office locations, by mail, or at upcoming industry conferences to support the program.

"We're proud to show our support for U.S. soldiers and to contribute to a worthy cause such as Cell Phones for Soldiers, by encouraging DSA employees around the U.S. to donate their old or used cell phones, and also providing a means for colleagues in our industry to do the same," says Fran Pierce, President and CEO of DSA. "This recycling program not only enables soldiers serving overseas to call loved ones at no charge, but also reduces the number of phones that end up in our landfills."

The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world.

Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
  • Plastic from phone cases and accessories

"Over the past few years, we have been amazed by the generosity of others. But, we have also seen the need to support our troops continue," says Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder. "It is easy for Americans to make a small showing of support by donating their unused cell phones, and providing families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas."

Call DSA at 877-422-4DSA (4372) to obtain a pre-paid shipping envelope to donate your phone, send an email to cpfs@dsainc.com or visit DSA at these upcoming conferences:

AFCEA TechNet MidAmerica, July 27-30, 2009, St. Louis, IL LandWarNet Conference, August 18-20, 2009, Fort Lauderdale, FLAir Force IT Day, August 24-26, 2009, Montgomery, AL

About Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers was created by Brittany & Robbie Bergquist of Norwell, MA. After reading a story about a soldier who ran up a huge phone bill calling home from Iraq, these two teenagers decided to help out. They started by opening an account with $21.00 of their own money. They are collecting cash donations and old cell phones. The cell phones are recycled for cash and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for our soldiers serving in the Middle East. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their efforts have motivated people and businesses around the country to donate to this worthy cause. Their goal is to provide every US soldier with a way to call home for free. For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com

Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones and prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.

About DSA
Focused, principled, and experienced, DSA delivers advanced technology solutions to the highly secure and regulated Government and Defense Industry. For over 45 years, our deep expertise in system and network engineering, software development, certification and accreditation procedures, security practices, Federal regulations/guidelines, and consulting has provided our customers with a proven, reliable partner in a broad range of IT disciplines. DSA has operations in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, NY Metro and the Mid-West. For more information, please visit www.dsainc.com or call toll free to 1-877-422-4DSA.