PHOTOS: Iconic Author King Visits Deployed Troops in Germany
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Stephen King's words have always moved readers along an emotional roller coaster, but during his USO Entertainment stop at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, he also learned how quickly spirits can be lifted with just a handshake and a smile.
"I never realized until earlier this week just how important everyday moments with our nation's troops and their families really are," King said. "Volunteering with the USO and spending time with our men and women in uniform was an eye-opening experience that I hope to be able to do again soon. I stand behind the USO's Every Moment Counts campaign and encourage others to join the USO in supporting our troops."
As part of his European book tour in support of his latest and best-selling novel, "Doctor Sleep," King chose to team with the USO on Monday for a day of face time with deployed troops and the medical professionals who care for our wounded heroes. King passed out free copies of the book upon visits to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the USO Warrior Center and enjoyed mingling with all of the personnel and families. (See more photos of the visit on our Flickr set.)
Stephen King shares stories about his life with service members and their families at Ramstein Air Base's Hercules Theater on Nov. 18. He also read aloud his new book, "Doctor Sleep," which is a sequel to his famous "The Shining."
This King holds court with servicemen and women after reading from his new release at the USO Warrior Center.
King "checks in" to personally thank medical staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and walks from room-to-room visiting with troops and their families.
King autographs a copy of his new book for Navy Lt. J.G. Pablo Yepez of Bayone, N.J., while Yepez shuffles through photos on his phone.
* See more images from the authors' visit on our Flickr set.
(USO photos by Michael Clifton / Produced by Christian Pelusi)
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