USO Marks 9/11 with Care Package Service Project on Capitol Hill

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U.S. Congressional Leaders, Former Olympians and Professional Athletes join together on September 11 to assemble 2,000 USO Care Packages for troops 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.

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 our 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. Today’s event also included support from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.

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. “

Operation USO Care Packages contain items troops use every day: prepaid international phone cards, snacks, and travel-size toiletries. In addition, today’s care packages include two unique items- a 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.

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 today’s 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 http://www.uso.org.

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About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.

The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. All of our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, Clear Channel, The Coca-Cola Company, jcpenney, Kangaroo Express, Kroger, Lowe’s, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation and TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About the Greater Washington Sports Alliance
Established in 2003, The Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA) is a regional non-profit sports commission. The Sports Alliance’s mission is to create economic stimulus and civic pride by initiating and supporting the successful execution of sporting events in Greater Washington, D.C. For more information please visit http://www.gwsportsalliance.com

About the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) educates, engages and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. PCFSN is a committee of volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Through its partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, PCFSN promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles. For more information about the Council, visit http://www.fitness.gov and follow us on Twitter @FitnessGov.

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