Christmas in Afghanistan

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit our troops overseas and see firsthand what it’s like for them to spend this special time thousands of miles from the people they love most. I’ll never forget the selfless heroes I met. That’s why I feel so strongly about the USO’s Christmas Convoy.

With your help today preparing the way, this very special convoy — loaded up with everything the troops need for a much-deserved respite from the rigors of war — will reach our troops serving in remote and hard-to-reach forward operating bases in Afghanistan in time for the holidays.

It’s part of a larger USO effort to give our troops everything they need this holiday season. The logistics of such an undertaking aren’t easy. It takes time to put together. And to get the job done, we need to raise $100,000 by October 20th.

Will you join me in making sure the USO has the resources to reach as many troops as possible this holiday season?

The Christmas Convoy is especially close to my heart because it reaches troops in some of the most isolated front line outposts, where the small comforts of home are especially hard to come by.

It’s the centerpiece of our ambitious effort to bring a touch of holiday happiness to more troops than ever. And everything we do — from care packages, to free phone calls home, to special holiday meals — requires vigorous support from folks back home like you and me.

So I’m hoping the thousands of troops who’ll spend the holidays on the frontlines dreaming of home and family can count on your loyalty the way you count on theirs.

Make a gift to help make the 2012 Holiday Season a special one for our troops serving in Afghanistan and around the world.

Some October thoughtfulness from you can pave the way for wonderful holiday moments for our troops. Please join me in making this happen.

Happy (Early) Holidays,
Joan Jett

USO-Metro DC and BAE Systems Gift 100 Christmas Trees to Troops!

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Through USO-Metro, BAE Systems and its employees donated 100 Christmas trees and trimmings for troops and their families on Sunday at the Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland. USO-Metro selected 100 military families from the area bases to receive trees, stands, and decorations. Families also enjoyed free hayrides, craft tables, and refreshments.

“Thank you so much for an amazing day. The memories from today will stay with our family forever. The USO has helped us this year with a real tree. This was the first year since my husband was one-year-old that he has had a real tree, so to be able to allow him the experience and adventure of cutting down his first live tree with his son there was priceless. Enjoy the pictures and again Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Holly Allen, wife of Kevin D. Allen.

Keep up the great work, USO-Metro!