Sunday, 27 November, 2011 12:28 PM
offers free wireless service to U.S. military veterans
new programs being offered through Assurance Wireless
credit: Assurance Wireless
Wireless is the second largest and the fastest growing national
Lifeline Assistance cell phone carrier operating in the
The Labor Department recently reported that the rate of unemployment
involving military veterans over the last ten years has gone up
to 11.7 percent, higher than the overall unemployment rate of 9.1
percent throughout the United States. Now, with Michigan remaining
in financial crisis and the "Occupy Wall Street" movement
still rising around the world, Sprint has come up with two programs
to help the men and women who fought the good fight for America
fight for their financial independence: Assurance Wireless and Eligible
services started in the mid-1980’s under the Ronald Reagan
administration. Assurance Wireless began in December of 2009, "
said Jack W. Pflanz, Public Relations Manager for Sprint. "It
is supported by the Lifeline Assistance program, part of the Low
Income Program of the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), which
is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company
(USAC), and designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services
are available to low-income customers at reasonable and affordable
rates. Wireless companies like Sprint that provide Lifeline-type
programs are approved to participate by the FCC and/or state utility
commissions in these low income programs for the revenue they forgo
by providing discounted service to eligible consumers."
How will these programs
increase military veterans' chances of finding employment? What
about back pay or a pension?
provides an eligible military veteran with a way to contact potential
employers and receive calls back from potential employers,"
he added. "It also gives then a way to communicate with the
VA or any other agency."
Compare and contrast
between unemployment benefits and Assurance Wireless
is a cellphone service for eligible low-income customers who can
receive a free cell phone and 250 free minutes of wireless voice
service for local and long-distance calling every month," Pflanz
explained. "It is a worry-free way to stay in touch with prospective
and current employers, school services, doctors, and family in times
of emergencies. It is a resource available to those who qualify
and find themselves in financial difficulty."
How can you be eligible
for these programs?
Eligibility varies by
eligibility criteria for Michigan residents is listed below:
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
Michigan residents may also qualify based on low income. Eligibility
criteria can be found here http://www.assurancewireless.com/Public/HowToQualify.aspx
Don't the Army and Navy have their own programs such as yours to
support the men and women who served out country with honor and
humility? What about President Obama or the White House?
"I am not aware
of any lifeline programs offered by the Military but then you would
need to check with them to see what they offer," the public
relations manager answered. "Assurance Wireless has no affiliation
with President Obama. As I mentioned Lifeline services began under
the Ronald Reagan administration."
Michigan is one of the
states that has been hit worse by this recession with its unemployment
rate near the double-digits, so what can these programs do for the
people here and why?
can provide Michigan residents with a way to contact potential employers
and respond to potential employers while saving money on phone service
that can now be used for other essential needs," Pflanz said.
Where can we know more
who wish to find out more and or apply for Assurance Wireless can
call 1-800-395-2171 or visit www.assurancewireless.com.
Wireless to give free cell phone service to low-income families