Veterans

September 12, 2012

USO marks 9/11 with care package service project on Capitol Hill

Assembled care packages.

Hundreds of USO supporters including members of Congress, Congressional staff, former Olympians, professional athletes, and volunteers marked 9/11 by assembling 2,000 USO Care Packages for service men and women currently serving in Afghanistan.

“This (care package) was packed for them on the morning of September 11th, the 11th anniversary of a tragic occasion here in the United States, one that led to our troops being deployed in many places around the world,” said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. “Again we say thank you for doing this today, thank you for the support of the USO.”

Operation USO Care Package was developed after 9/11, in response to heightened restrictions, as a way to send items to our troops overseas and show them our support. This year’s event also included support from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.

Frank Thorp, USO senior vice president marketing & Communications (left) with Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.

Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, also addressed the audience about the significance of the event.

“This day, September 11th, will always be significant for Americans, not only for the tragic events that took place in 2001 but for the spirit of service that it has inspired with many of our great men and women and those that enlisted thereafter,” she said.

Operation USO Care Packages contain items troops use every day: prepaid international phone cards, snacks and travel-size toiletries. In addition, this years care packages include two unique items – special edition Olympic razors donated by Proctor & Gamble and a special thank you card signed by USO Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas.

USO Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, (left) and Jeff Miller, R-Fla.

Since 2003, the USO has delivered more than 2 million care packages to bring a touch of home and necessities to active duty military serving all over the world. USO Care Packages are distributed to troops traveling through USO centers worldwide as well as sent to troops serving overseas. In addition to the care packages assembled at the Sept. 11 event, members of Congress honored our service men and women by signing a flag that will be hung outside USO Kandahar in Afghanistan.

“Our USO Centers in Afghanistan are visited more than 120,000 times a month,” said Frank Thorp, senior vice president Marketing & Communications for the USO. “This flag, with all the members’ words of encouragement and support, will proudly fly at our USO Center in Kandahar, Afghanistan where it will serve as a constant reminder to our nation’s brave men and women that America supports them.”

Operation USO Care Package is just one of the many programs that the USO offers to provide support and a home away from home for our active duty military, military families, wounded warriors, their families and caregivers. Last year, USO centers around the world were visited more than 8million times by troops and their families.
For more information about USO programs and services please visit www.uso.org.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines May 1, 2015

Business: Airbus says it will file criminal complaint over U.S. spy claims - European aviation and aeronautics giant Airbus said April 30 it would file a criminal complaint against persons unknown following German media reports it had become a target of U.S. industrial espionage. Finmeccanica outlines way ahead in U.K. market - Details have emerged about how...
 
 

News Briefs May 1, 2015

U.S. commander says NATO to step up its intelligence-sharing The top U.S. commander for NATO says the alliance will begin to improve intelligence-sharing with members and cooperation about the movement of foreign fighters from Iraq and Syria to the U.S. and other Western countries. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove says individual nations have been sharing...
 
 
Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds

A Million Makes a Difference

Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Lockheed Martin employees Richard Heinstedt and Jerry Dougherty, for serving more than 4,000 hours since 2003. Sherry Imil (center) received an honorable mention for vo...
 

 
Home-for-Good-logo

Coalition comes together to house area’s homeless vets

A coalition of Antelope Valley social service and community organizations has banded together with the ambitious goal of housing the area’s homeless veteran population by December 2015. The initiative, dubbed Home for Good, h...
 
 

Airbus profit up on Dassault sale but orders down

European planemaker Airbus says it has seen its profit jump in the first quarter thanks to the sale of a stake in rival Dassault Aviation, though its plane orders and deliveries fell slightly. Airbus reported net profit of 792 million euros ($871 million) in the first quarter, compared with 439 million euros a year earlier....
 
 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. DeNoris A. Mickle

‘Sentient data’ may one day augment Soldier capability

Air Force photograph by SSgt. DeNoris A. Mickle Air Force photograph by SSgt. DeNoris A. Mickle “Sentient data,” or information that can feel and perceive things, might one day protect Soldiers and their networks, s...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>