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ARLINGTON, Va. — National Guard and Reserve troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan on two weeks leave could have access to free hours of day care.

The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies launched Operation Child Care to put Guard and Reserve troops home on U.S. Central Command’s 15-day Rest and Recuperation leave program in touch with more than 5,000 child-care providers nationwide who offer at least four hours of free child-care service, executive director Linda Smith said.

To learn if a community has a provider who offers the free service, troops and families should call (800) 424-2246 (toll-free in the States). More information is available at:

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