For the second year in a row, DynCorp International is once again a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Firecracker 5K for the Troops, taking place July 4, 2014, at Reston Towne Center in Reston, Va. Net proceeds from the event’s corporate sponsors will be donated to the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) to help fund critical programs and services that serve the nearly 300,000 military members living in the Washington-Baltimore region and the 150,000 who travel through local airports each year.
The race is part of a larger family-friendly community event that will celebrate Independence Day while supporting local troops and their families. The race will also feature a “Battle of the Branches,” and Potomac River Running will make a donation on behalf of the military branch with the most runners registered.
The mobile USO truck will also be on hand to collect donations of pencil sharpeners and notebooks to contribute to USO-Metro’s Operation Back to School program which provides nearly 4,000 local military children a backpack filled with schools supplies.
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore is the largest center chartered by USO. It has nine locations and a “deployable” Mobile USO that provides signature USO services to the nearly 300,000 military members and their families living in the region and the 150,000 who travel through local airports.
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, five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and a Mobile USO. Signature programs and services include holiday programs like Turkeys for Troops and Project USO Elf, emergency housing and food assistance, and caring for our wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers.