'Mission: See Your Soldier' with Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil will speak to military couples on Valentine's Day through free videoconferencing calls provided by Glowpoint, MSpace, TANDBERG and Freedom Calls Foundation. The free videoconferencing calls will be available to military families at eight U.S. locations, enabling them to connect with loved ones stationed in Iraq on Valentine's Day.
Dr. Phil will participate in three, half-hour video conversations with military couples on a first-come, first-served basis. Military families can register for "â€˜Mission: See Your Soldier' with Dr. Phil" at glowpoint.com.
Through private, 30-minute videoconferencing calls, families in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, and California will connect face-to-face with their deployed loved ones located at one of five military installations in Iraq with Freedom Calls centers: Camp Al Asad, Camp Taji, Camp Fallujah, Camp Victory (limited capability) and Camp Taqaddum.
Last month, Glowpoint, MSpace, TANDBERG and Freedom Calls Foundation connected military personnel to their families during the end-of-year holidays.
"We were extremely touched this past holiday season by the heartbreaking stories and sacrifices made by our troops and their families, and how appreciative the families were to see their loved ones face-to-face," said Michael Brandofino, president and CEO of Glowpoint. "We wanted to make this available for more families " and what better time than Valentine's Day?"
Dr. Phil added: "I am honored to get the chance to talk with soldiers and their families on Valentine's Day. It's a very small way to let them know we're listening, not just on that day, but every day, and we appreciate their loved one's sacrifice for us during this difficult time."
Alice and Julia Byrd of Reston, Virginia, said of the experience: "Thank you so very much â€¦ My daughter and I were tickled to see Gordon as the son and brother we both know and enjoy. This is a great use for high-tech stuff â€¦ I hope many people take you up on this act of kindness."
Glowpoint, Inc. is a premiere broadcast-quality, IP-based managed-video service provider. Glowpoint offers videoconferencing, bridging, technology hosting, and IP-broadcasting services to a vast array of companies, from large Fortune 100 enterprises to small and medium-sized businesses. Glowpoint's managed-video services are available bundled with Glowpoint's quality-network offering or as a value-added managed-video service across other networks. Glowpoint is exclusively focused on quality two-way video communications and has been supporting millions of video calls since its launch in 2000. Glowpoint is headquartered in Hillside, New Jersey. To learn more about Glowpoint, visit www.glowpoint.com.
MSpace is a national provider of audiovisual design build solutions, videoconferencing services, and support. MSpace delivers services in both the public and private sectors, reaching from New York to California and beyond. Simplify technology and extend your reach with MSpace.
TANDBERG is a leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition videoconferencing, and mobile video products and services " with dual headquarters in New York and Norway. TANDBERG designs, develops, and markets systems and software for video, voice, and data. The company provides sales, support, and value-added services in more than 90 countries worldwide.
About Freedom Calls Foundation
The Freedom Calls Foundation is a public charity which has built a satellite network dedicated to providing state-of-the-art video conferencing, telephone, and Internet services to enable our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep in touch with their families and loved ones at home " free of charge because there is no internet infrastructure in Iraq. The Foundation provides services to more than 40,000 soldiers and marines " free of charge " 24 hours per day, and the Army has requested that the foundation install eight additional facilities in Iraq and two in Afghanistan in the coming months, including more than 2,000 enterprise class video conferences from homes, medical centers and churches every month. The Foundation is authorized by the Secretary of the Army to provide communications services to the troops and their families and recently received a Commendation from the Army, a personal letter of appreciation from Major General Taguba, and personal thanks from President Bush at The White House. The Freedom Calls Foundation is supported solely by donations of corporations and the American people through the foundation's Web site, freedomcalls.org. The Foundation urgently needs funding to continue to bring families together.