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A Connecticut-based company that runs several of the Internet cafes on U.S. bases in Kuwait is offering soldiers and their families a special discount program for the holidays.

Resolute Partners, the firm that operates the CyberZone Internet cafes at many Army and Air Force Exchange Service pavilions, is asking its regular customers to donate money for Internet access gift cards.

The cards are good for free use of popular Internet features such as LAN games and Web-cam chats with family members back home.

The company runs nine cyber cafes in Kuwait and is pitching it as a “virtual family reunion” for deployed soldiers.

“As you know, the U.S. Postal Service has done away with their Any Service Member program, so, unfortunately, Americans who simply want to ship cookies, or kids who want to send Christmas cards to the troops can’t do so easily unless they know a soldier’s exact name, rank and APO/FPO address,” Wilson Camelo, a spokesman for Resolute Partners, said in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes. “This holiday gift card is a way for Americans to continue giving to Any Service Member.”

Soldiers and civilians at other bases throughout the world can donate to the program, as the company runs CyberZone cafes on 39 U.S. bases in different theaters, officials said.

“We are delighted and honored to offer the public this unique way to give the troops a way to connect with loved ones or unwind while overseas during the holidays,” Michael S. Blanco, chief executive officer of Resolute Partners, said in a company release.

The gift cards can be purchased online at The donations can be made in increments of $5, with each $5 resulting in a one-hour gift card for a soldier in Kuwait.

Soldiers and other servicemembers can pick up the cards at the cafes on base.


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