TDS surprises veterans advocate with Hometown Hero Award

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) surprised a longtime advocate for the veterans community with a Hometown Hero Award during an Idaho Veterans Chamber of Commerce event.

10-year Air Force member Lucas O’Neill was nominated after his tireless efforts raising money for veterans’ organizations and work on veterans housing. O’Neill, a board member with the Idaho Veterans Chamber of Commerce, was honored at a ribbon cutting celebrating the organization’s new Treasure Valley office location at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Nampa Accelerator.

“The TDS Hometown Hero Award honors the unsung heroes who are making a difference in our community. After serving our country for years in the military, Lucas has devoted himself to making sure veterans are shown the respect they deserve. We are proud to recognize Lucas with a Hometown Hero Award and express our gratitude for all who have served,” said Jessi Shockley, TDS associate manager of field marketing in Meridian.  

Also as part of Monday’s presentation, TDS made a $1,000 donation to the Idaho Veterans Chamber of Commerce.

TDS continues construction on high-speed, all-fiber internet networks throughout the Treasure Valley, including in Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Garden City, and Boise. For more information, visit

Media Contact: Mark Schaaf | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 414-326-3588 |

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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