- The Washington Times - Monday, May 25, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Your article about the United Service Organizations (USO) was interesting in many ways (“USO adapts to changing needs of troops,” Page 1, Thursday). It showed how the USO uses the advances of technology to help a soldier witness the birth of his child though he’s thousands of miles away in a war zone and how the USO continues to try to improve life for those deployed in combat zones. I know from my husband’s experiences that this is always very much appreciated.

However, Sloan Gibson, president and chief executive of the USO, missed something important in touting his ability to get celebrities to visit war zones. Why is it suddenly OK for these celebs to go into war zones now that Barack Obama is president when it wasn’t when George W. Bush was president? These are the same servicemen and -women who have gone and been back many times in most cases, and they would have enjoyed having more celebs during the previous administration, too.

While Mr. Gibson is touting the great “sacrifice” by celebrities to go overseas, I find it strange that they seemingly can’t wait to go now. Actually, it just seems sad that the celebrities only care about the troops now because their guy is president. They should care about the troops all the time, and it should not matter one wit to these pampered individuals who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. At least now they are going, but it probably occurs to many of the troops who see them that they didn’t bother to go in previous years.

TERRI HAMMERSMITH

Bristow, Va.


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