By Lt. George Paul, PIO DVI
Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) staff members are turning contraband cell phones into phone calls home for U.S. military personnel serving overseas.
Over the last couple of years, DVI correctional officers have confiscated 893 cell phones from inmates being processed into the institution.
As an alternative to throwing the devices into landfills (cell phones contain hazardous chemicals and heavy metals), DVI has once again partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers  (CPFS) to provide free talk time to our soldiers.
CPFS recycles the cell phones and uses the funds to purchase prepaid calling cards. On average, 13,000 of the cards are mailed to military personnel overseas each week.
DVI staff members are proud to do their part in helping our military members keep in touch with their loved ones.
CPFS is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2004 that has provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time to U.S. military personnel.