Let’s Go Krogering…for the USO!

From now through mid-August, visit a participating Kroger retailer and drop your cash donation into the coin collection canisters to show your support for the USO!  The Kroger Co. is pleased to partner with the USO to thank the men and women of the armed forces and their families.

Customers and associates at participating locations of the Kroger family of stores will be able to show their appreciation and gratitude to service members by donating spare change in specially-marked coin boxes at check stands. All of the funds raised will support the broad range of programs and services the USO provides to military personnel and their families.

The campaign will run in select Kroger stores in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas; in Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores in California; in Dillon Stores in Kansas and Baker’s stores in Nebraska. Roughly 1,300 stores will participate.

“We are deeply indebted to our service members and their families for the many sacrifices they make on a daily basis on behalf of all Americans. Kroger is honored to partner with the USO to thank our military families for all they do,” said Lynn Marmer, group vice president of corporate affairs for Kroger.

If you shop at a participating Kroger store, be sure to keep an eye out for the sign below, and know that you’re supporting the USO and the Troops!

Look for this poster on the coin collection canisters at the register at participating Kroger stores!

United Through Reading’s 100,000th Recording Makes It All the Way to Germany!

Sgt. Sosa (c) prepares to read a book to his family back home as CASF USO Manager Rebecca Voelker (r) looks on. (USO Photo by Mrs. Marquita Milligan)

As we were proud to announce earlier this month, United Through Reading’s Military Program and the USO celebrated the 100,000th recording at Virginia Beach’s Patriotic Festival.  Across the Atlantic, USO Centers in Germany also celebrated this milestone

USO Kaiserslautern offers two USO locations for United Through Reading: the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility and the Warrior Center. USO Kaiserslautern is excited to announce two more USO centers that just started offering United Through Reading in June: the Deployment Center on Rhine Ordnance Barracks and the Ramstein Terminal. The USO located at the Ramstein Terminal is an open United Through Reading facility for all military ID cardholders in the KMC.

Sgt. Herriot writes a note back to his family before reading a book as part of the United Through Reading program at CASF USO. (USO Photo by Mrs. Marquita Milligan)

On June 15, 2010 the AFN Kaiserslautern news crew came to the CASF USO to record a story over this great accomplishment and interviewed Sgt. Sosa and Sgt. Herriot, two active duty military fathers who work at the CASF. Sgt. Sosa and Sgt. Herriot discussed their feelings over the program and were recorded reading books to their children.  Rebecca Voelker, CASF USO Manager, was interviewed as well and discussed the importance of the United Through Reading program and the significance of the 100,000th recording.  Watch the video below!

USO Kaiserslautern employee Fawn Bennett said she is excited United Through Reading has reached its 100,000th reading.  “The United Through Reading program is truly an awesome idea. The feedback we have been given by the servicemembers has always been outstanding,” she said. “When the child sees the bright yellow package, they know there is a book and a story waiting for them from a loved one.”

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