As we have a good time at picnics and watch fireworks displays this Fourth of July weekend, we should not forget about the thousands of U.S. troops deployed overseas whose efforts see to it that America gets to celebrate yet another birthday.
United Service Organizations (USO) is making sure that deployed troops know that they are being thought of constantly, especially during the Fourth of July holiday. While it is the norm for USO to send care packages regularly – they send 25,000 care packages to deployed troops every month, according to a feature on News Channel 8 – the packages that will be sent to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday are extra special. They were filled by hundreds of volunteers at the Pentagon who wanted to celebrate the Fourth of July by giving back.
A care package party was sponsored by the USO on Friday; it was said to be the first such event of its kind held at the Pentagon. Military leaders and Pentagon personnel lined up to help fill more than two thousand bags with toiletries, books and snacks. Among the volunteers was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – Admiral Mike Mullen.
Adm. Mullen shared: “What we’re trying to say here is that we are all connected to all of you who are making such a difference, sacrificing so greatly, supporting you and your families.”
The bags that were filled up at the Pentagon are destined for troops deployed to Afghanistan. They will be shipped on Tuesday, according to the report.