Family Care Packages Will Keep Military Families Connected

Sloan Gibson - President and CEO of the USO - enjoys a light moment with employees of the Family Readiness Center at the DC Armory, Feb 24, 2010. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Members of the DC National Guard prepare items for the Family Care Package stuffing party at the US Army National Guard Armory in Washington, DC, February 24, 2010. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Volunteers preparing for the stuffing party enjoy the antics of hoops&yoyo, Feb 24, 2010. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Dr. Jill Biden spoke in support of the program, then joined volunteers in assembling the care packages, which will be sent to National Guard families in Florida whose loved ones are deploying this month. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

A completed Family Care Package includes items to facilitate communication and make the time go faster during deployment. (USO Photo by Em Hall)

All hands were on deck to accomplish the goal of stuffing 3,000 Family Care Packages on Feb 24, 2010. (USO Photo by Em Hall)

Every Family Care Package included a journal for the family, with a special note on the inside cover from their loved one who's deployed. (USO Photo by Em Hall)

Hallmark stars hoops&yoyo were on hand to entertain this military family while Dad is deployed. They're shown with Jodi Schade, the VP of Hallmark Properties (back left) and USO's Sloan Gibson. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Letters Back Home, PLUS Our New Guest Blogger Series!

Today we’re announcing two new exciting changes to the blog.  First, our “Letters Back Home” series is moving to Wednesday mornings, from Friday.  We will no longer be listing job postings on the blog, but invite you to visit our USO Careers page any time to see what’s available.

Second, we are thrilled to announce a new guest blogger series for Fridays and we’re looking for YOUR contributions!  We kicked off the series last Friday with “Peace in the Heart,” the moving story behind Operation Proper Exit III.  Anyone with a military-related blog is encouraged to help us build this series with their original blog post.  Posts do not necessarily have to relate to the USO, but should relate to our mission of supporting the Troops.  Interested?  Email us today!