USO To Break Ground On Its First Stateside Wounded Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir

Groundbreaking also marks the official launch of Operation Enduring Care (OEC) - USO’s $100 million initiative to support wounded warriors and their families 

WHAT:           USO Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Wounded Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir

WHEN:           June 27, 2011

                        10:00 am

WHERE:         Fort Belvoir, VA


Sloan Gibson, President, USO

Colonel John J. Strycula, Garrison Commander, Fort Belvoir

Sue Timken, Co-Chair, OEC Advisory Committee

Ed Reilly, Co-Chair, OEC Advisory Committee

John Marselle, USO Metropolitan Washington, Board Chairman

Turner Construction Representative

General Richard Myers, USAF (Ret.), Chairman, USO Board of Governors

Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop Grumman Foundation

Bill Valentine, Lowe’s Regional Vice President

WHY:              The USO is uniquely positioned to establish a first-class support network for wounded warriors. With its more than 160 locations worldwide and thousands of volunteers who contribute countless hours of service – the USO is able to bring together organizations that provide best-in-practice services to our wounded warriors, initiate new programs providing for a new future and increase awareness of the issues facing our wounded warriors and their families as they recover from life-changing injuries.


NOTE:             Media wishing to cover this event must RSVP to Gayle Fishel at 703-908-6433 by 4:00 pm on June 24, 2011. Only those on USO media list will be granted access to Ft. Belvoir. Live truck access will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All RSVP'd media should arrive at the Tulley Gate Visitor Center by 9:15 a.m. to be credentialed. A van will depart at 9:30 a.m. promptly. Media interview opportunities with key leaders will be provided after the event.

Gayle Fishel


About the USO

The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide.  We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.

The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors.  In addition to individual donors and other corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners: American Airlines, AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381).  To join us in this patriotic mission and to learn more about the USO, please visit