DynCorp International is once again a proud supporter of the USO of Metropolitan-Washington (USO-Metro) Turkeys for Troops program. The Turkeys for Troops program provides junior-enlisted service members and their families living in the Washington-Baltimore region with food baskets filled with all the traditional trimmings for a Thanksgiving feast.
The program was established in 2008 due to an increase in emergency food requests during the holiday season. Since then the program has expanded from serving 500 families in 2008, to 1,200 military families in 2012 and 2013. Turkeys for Troops is funded through corporate donations and funds raised during an annual telethon held on Veteran’s Day.
Each food basket provides a local military family with traditional ingredients needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for a family of four to six, including a gift card to purchase a fresh turkey from a local grocery store.
DI Team Members Volunteer
In addition to supporting Turkeys for Troops through a corporate donation, DI team members will also volunteer to help stuff the Thanksgiving meal boxes and man the telephone bank during the Veteran’s Day telethon.
The USO-Metro held its first Turkeys for Troops telethon in 2009 when the number of requests for holiday food assistance from military families tripled from previous years. Local television station WUSA9 offered to host the telethon to raise the funds required to fill this need. This year’s telethon will air on Monday, November 11, 2013, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Donations may also be made online at usometro.org/donate.
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “Serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals; through its Mobile USO program; at five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care Package. For more information please visit www.usometro.org or “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter by searching USO-Metro.