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Just in Time for the Holidays, The USO and CarePages.com Launch 'Operation: Show You Care'
Date:12/10/2007

New Program Makes It Easy to Give Emotional Support and Show Gratitude to

Our Injured Service Members

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- If you want to do something simple and meaningful to get into the holiday spirit, here's a great item for your "to-do" list: Take a few minutes to show someone who has been wounded in military service that you appreciate (and haven't forgotten) his or her sacrifices for our country.

Thanks to "Operation: Show You Care," a new program from the USO and CarePages.com, everyone now has an opportunity to personally express their support and gratitude to the more than 30,000 wounded troops. This program, available at http://www.carepages.com/wounded-troops.com, features several ways to help injured service members, including:

-- Free "We Care" cards - If you know of a wounded service member, you can

create online a customized card, which you can then email to up to 10

other people for them to sign and add a brief encouraging message. The

card is then automatically mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to

the designated recipient. The service is free to the first 3,000

people.

-- "Yellow Ribbons for Wounded Troops" - Anyone can send a ribbon and best

wishes to the military personnel featured here

http://www.carepages.com/yellow-ribbons or add someone they would like

be honored and supported by this simple tribute.

-- Free CarePages - Create a private, personalized Web site for a wounded

service member that makes it easy for family and friends to connect,

stay in touch and tap into the healing power of emotional support from

the CarePages.com community of 2.5 million members.

-- Other USO opportunities - Donate, volunteer or send a care package to

wounded military personnel.

"During this season of joy and gratitude, it's important to remember the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line for our country," said Edward A. Powell, USO president and CEO. "Taking advantage of this opportunity to show you care is another way to help meet the physical and emotional needs of our wounded heroes."

"We are so grateful for the support and encouragement Anna received after we posted her picture and story on the 'Yellow Ribbon' tribute wall," said Jerima King, whose daughter, Anna King-McCrillis, is receiving therapy in San Antonio for a traumatic brain injury caused by a mortar blast in Iraq. "I can't believe she has more than 160 ribbons!"

In addition to the previously mentioned services, the "Operation: Show You Care" site is a complete emotional resource center for wounded service members and their families and friends. For example, it features inspiring stories from others who are coping with similar challenges and their practical tips and advice on "what to do" and "what to say" during difficult and stressful situations.

"We commend the USO for recognizing the need to help wounded service members connect with and care for each other -- and for giving the rest of us the chance to give them our support," said Eric Langshur, CEO, CarePages, Inc. "We're all so busy during the holidays, but who doesn't have a minute or two to just say 'thanks'?"

About the USO

For more than 66 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems North America, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, DRS Technologies, Inc., S & K Sales Co. and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at http://www.uso.org.

About CarePages

CarePages.com is the first site dedicated solely to helping people cope with the emotional difficulties caused by a health event. Millions of CarePages.com members have used its free, patient-centric web pages to communicate and connect with each other, plus its unique resources to guide them through the experience. In addition, customized CarePages are offered by nearly 700 U.S. and Canadian healthcare facilities. CarePages, Inc. is part of Revolution Health Group LLC, whose goal is to help consumers make informed choices and put them in control of their health decisions through the cornerstone of its efforts -- RevolutionHealth.com. Together, these services address both the emotional and informational health care needs of its members. For more information, please visit http://www.carepagesinc.com.


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