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Edgewater Sport Clips Raising Funds for 'Operation Uplink'

Local business owner Mike Hassett said he hopes the effort can help soldiers abroad, as well as military families here in Edgewater and south county.

Veterans Day isn’t until Sunday, but the Sport Clips in Edgewater has been honoring the men and women of the armed services all week as part of their annual “Help A Hero” fundraising campaign.

In partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VRW) Operation Uplink—a program that helps soldiers abroad connect with family through paid-for international audio and visual communication—the local sports-themed salon has been raising money to help with the effort.

Throughout this week, the local Sport Clips has donated $1 from every haircut to help soldiers connect with families while serving oversees.

Edgewater’s Sport Clips owner, Mike Hassett, said he hopes his store’s involvement can help military families overseas, as well as those in the immediate community.

“As a local business owner, I’m proud to join this effort to support our nation’s heroes, many of whom are on their third or fourth deployment or fighting to recover from war injuries in hospitals,” Hassett said. “The free calls Help A Hero sponsors will help keep these service members and their families—some who may be right here in Edgewater and the south county area.”

As part of the national effort with Sport Clips, the local business hopes to help the company reach its $500,000 goal. In the previous five years that Sport Clips has participated in the program, clients have donated more than $1.3 million to Operation Uplink—allowing for almost 2 million phone calls from U.S. service members to their families.

“There is still a great demand for the Operation Uplink program despite the drawdown in troops. The brave men and women who’ve been hospitalized or who are still serving in harm’s way need and deserve the connection home,” said VFW National Commander John Hamilton in a press release. “Our commitment to troops doesn’t diminish with a drawdown and we’re very grateful to have Sport Clips on our side to share in our commitment.”

Up until Veterans Day on Sunday, families can swing by the local Sport Clips, get a haircut, and know their money is going to help those serving in the U.S. armed forces. If a hair cut isn’t necessary, Hassett said he’s collecting donations or other contributions to help military families, too. 

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