Arlington, VA. (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
Twitter Pitch: @thejointstaff & Peyton Manning, @VincenTJackson, @AKCollie_17, @gehrig38, @DCCheerleaders, @DianaDeGarmo & @IAMACEYOUNG extend thanks to troops on @the_USO tour
ARLINGTON, VA. (March 4, 2013) – When our troops are deployed and missing the comforts of home USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tours become a welcome distraction from their daily routines. Even more so, when that tour is being lead by the second highest-ranking military officer, Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., and features Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning, Buccaneers All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson, NFL wide receiver Austin Collie, retired Red Sox and three-time World Series pitcher and baseball legend Curt Schilling, two members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and American Idol alumni Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young.
Attributed to Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
“I'm grateful for the chance as Vice Chairman to partner with the USO and bring an amazing group of talented people to visit our troops abroad. This is a great opportunity for these celebrities to see America's sons and daughters in action and to personally thank them for their service.”
Attributed to Sloan Gibson, USO President and CEO:
"Entertainment tours are one of the many important ways the USO delivers goodness and a touch of home to our troops and military families serving abroad. By partnering with senior military leaders like Admiral Winnefeld and these generous celebrity volunteers, we are able to provide our troops a much-needed break from the challenges of deployment.”
Attributed to Vincent Jackson:
"What a privilege it is to join the USO in supporting our brave men and women deployed thousands of miles away from home. Their courage and commitment make the American way possible. I want to personally thank Admiral Winnefeld for inviting me on this journey and I salute the USO for their efforts to bring home away from home to our troops."
Attributed to Curt Schilling:
“Baseball is synonymous with America and our troops are what make this country what it is. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than by going out with the USO and Admiral Winnefeld and letting our troops know how much they mean to us all. I’m just as humbled by their service on this second trip as I was on my first.”
Attributed to DCC Jackie Bob:
“The men and women who protect and serve our country are amazing and deserve to be recognized for their hard work. Being able to take part in these USO tours and to have the opportunity to get to meet our troops in person, is one of the great things about working for an organization like the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.”
Attributed to Diana DeGarmo:
“My first USO tour was an amazing experience. Being able to meet our troops and let them know how much I appreciate their service was life changing and I’m grateful for the opportunity to do it again. It’s an honor to be invited back by Admiral Winnefeld and an even grater honor to be able to let our troops know how much America appreciates their dedication.”
Attributed to Ace Young:
“Not everyone has the chance to travel to the places where our troops are deployed and to let them know how much they are appreciated, and I’m lucky enough to have been able to do it twice. It’s humbling to see our servicemen and women in action and I want to thank Admiral Winnefeld, his wife Mary and the USO for this opportunity.”
For more information about the USO, visit uso.org.
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About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America¹s 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 families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. 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, Jeep, 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.