Bush's so-called surge of troops has led to an accelerated rotation for a couple of army divisions. The Tenth Mountain Division and the Fourth Infantry Division are both returning early to Iraq after less than a year back home. NBC sent Don Teague to Fort Hood where "hasty plans" are being laid and the quick turnaround is "hard on soldiers, even harder on their families."
CBS, too, focused on separated military families for its series on The American Spirit. Embodying that spirit is a pair of teenage siblings from Massachusetts. Robbie and Brittany Bergquist have organized a recycling operation for used cell phones, turning the proceeds into telephone calling cards so that soldiers can call home from Iraq free of charge. The human interest story was a perfect vehicle for AT&T's public relations department, which attracted free publicity from Kelly Wallace's report by donating $300,000 worth of calling cards to the teenagers' Cell Phones for Soldiers charity.
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