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Americans Supporting Our Troops:www.FirstGov.gov Provides Links With Things You Can Do

GSA # 10003

April 7, 2003
Contact: Public Affairs (202) 501-1231

Washington, D.C. - Many Americans have expressed their interest in sending messages to the US Troops in Iraq but they don't know where to go to do this. As you may have heard, to protect our troops, the general public is urged NOT to send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to deployed service members unless you are a family member, loved one or personal friend. So what can you do to support our troops?

Do what actress and producer Shelley Duvall did, go online to www.FirstGov.gov, the U.S. Government's official web portal to send your greeting. Duvall said, "I just wanted to get a message to our troops to tell them how much I appreciate what they are doing for all us all. I couldn't find another place to send this message, so I used FirstGov "it's an excellent service."

FirstGov.gov lists various online government services where you can send a message to the troops, sign a general card of support or even buy a much needed phone card so the troops have an easy way to call their loved ones at home.

These services are featured on the FirstGov.gov home page under the heading, "Help Our Troops and the USA."

Citizens who use FirstGov.gov to support the troops should take the time to look at the broad array of services and information available on the site. Through FirstGov.gov, you can find out how you can reach out to military families in your community, send virtual greetings and thanks, or donate calling cards.

FirstGov.gov is the U.S. Government's official Web portal. It connects citizens to over 22,000 federal websites and all of the state government portals as well. Visitors to the site can obtain information, find out about government services and transact business directly online. Currently over 1.3 million visitors come to FirstGov.gov each week.

FirstGov.gov is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Citizen Services to provide online government information and services to citizens. You can get your questions answered on FirstGov.gov by e-mail, or if you prefer, call 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636).

GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. GSA acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services. GSA comprises 14,000 associates and provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers in 8,300 government-owned and leased buildings in 1,600 U.S. communities.