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Walden Participates in 'Operation Care Package' Event for America's Armed Forces; Will Visit Families of Active Guard Members at Ontario Armory...

Location: Washington, DC

Walden Participates in 'Operation Care Package' Event for America's Armed Forces; Will Visit Families of Active Guard Members at Ontario Armory this Weekend
Friday, April 29, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) Wednesday joined other volunteers and Members of Congress for an event sponsored by the USO (United Service Organizations) to compile care packages for troops being deployed overseas. USO is a government-sanctioned private entity that serves as a bridge between the American people and the U.S. Military; Walden is a member of the USO Congressional Caucus.

The event was held the same day that Walden announced that he will tour the Ontario Amory tomorrow, April 30, where he will meet with National Guard personnel and visit with families of servicemen and women currently deployed on active duty.

"Having been to Iraq to visit troops serving abroad and to Forts Polk and Bliss to see those from Oregon and Idaho preparing for their deployment, I have been able to see firsthand how much our military men and women appreciate knowing that folks at home, and across the country, are supporting them," said Walden. "These brave individuals sacrifice a tremendous amount to serve our nation and help those around the world, and while we can never thank them enough, it is important that we show our deep gratitude along the way."

"The USO provides an invaluable service to our troops, lifting spirits and helping bridge the divide between those on active duty and their families. I am proud to be a member of the USO Congressional Caucus and to have spent time preparing packages for our troops both here in D.C. and at local events throughout the Second District."

Operation Care Package is a program run by the USO to provide men and women being deployed abroad with a few comforts of home including calling cards, snacks, playing cards and toiletries. The packages will be given to troops as they board planes for their tour of duty.

Walden is looking forward to visiting with staff at the Armory and visiting with family members of soldiers currently serving on active duty during his visit to Ontario tomorrow.

"Talking with relatives of soldiers currently serving overseas is one of the forms of communication I continuously rely on to learn what more the government can do to keep our men and women in uniform as safe as possible as they do their job," said Walden.

He continued, "These family members are also making sacrifices while loved ones serve away from home in the uncertainty of war. I hope to share with them some of the actions the Congress is taking to support them, those serving and the veterans of our military as my thoughts are constantly with them all."

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