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Operation USO Care Package is one of our most popular programs here at the USO. In the past few months we’ve created exclusive care packages for female Troops, and introduced a new program of care packages just for families. For those of us who pack these goodies into the bags and boxes, it’s great to know that what we’re sending off is received and greatly appreciated on the other end. (Not that there was any doubt!)
We were thrilled to receive word this weekend that the Female Care Packages, in particular, are being utilized as part of a larger program of support in Baghdad. Here’s a great note from our center there…
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USO Baghdad Duty Managers Megan Lynch and Robin Symes took Operation Cookie Drop and the USO’s Operation Care Package to Camp Victory’s Hope Chapel to support the Sisterhood Against Sexual Assault. SASA is a unique program to combat Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the military. It is focused on Senior Female Leadership providing mentorship to our future generations of military female leaders.
During monthly meetings, women and men come together to share experiences and build the skills necessary to combat alarming statistics of harassment and assault during deployment. This month, CSM Williams spoke to the group addressing the theme “Your Best You.” Afterward, everyone had a chance to mingle and walk away with a USO care package!
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For more information on the Sisterhood Against Sexual Assault please visit their Facebook page.
A $25 donation sponsors one USO care package and allows you to include a personal message of support and appreciation. Click here to request a care package for a member of our troops.