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The USO and CarePages.com Help Wounded Troops Stay Connected to Their Families
Date:10/25/2007

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USO has partnered with CarePages.com to provide wounded troops an innovative service to stay in touch with their families and friends while recovering in the hospital and at home. Called a CarePage, this service helps patients and families communicate by sharing health updates, photos and supportive messages via a private Web site. This service is free to military families needing care and support, and allows them to share updates and gain control over how they communicate about health events.

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A CarePage is one resource available at CarePages.com that helps people care for one another during a significant health event. CarePages.com is an online social network dedicated to the emotional challenges everyone faces when someone they love has a serious health problem. At CarePages.com, people can find tips and stories about "what to do" and "what to say" to support a person facing a health event and meet others in similar situations.

"Offering the CarePages service is one more example of the USO's commitment to deliver morale-boosting programs and services to troops and their families," said Edward A. Powell, USO president and CEO. "This program allows us to help meet both the physical and emotional needs of our wounded heroes, while keeping them connected to their loved ones."

The CarePages service is secure and compliant with all HIPAA requirements. CarePages ensures that patients, families and healthcare providers are protected online through strict privacy policies, password-protection and visitor management tools for CarePages Managers.

Erin Langshur, CEO, CarePages, Inc., said, "We are pleased that the USO chose CarePages to complement its ongoing efforts to support wounded troops and their families. CarePages connects people, forming strong bonds between patients, families, their networks of support and others who have faced similar situations."

For more than 66 years, the USO has offered a variety of programs and services that support the morale, welfare, social and entertainment needs of American service men and women and their families. With the help of its supporters, the USO continues to provide a home away from home to service men and women at more than 130 centers around the world. To learn more about USO programs and services, visit http://www.uso.org. To create a USO CarePage, visit http://www.carepages.com/uso.

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., TriWest Healthcare Alliance and The Walt Disney Company. 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 more than 550 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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