MCLEAN, Va., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) named Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAIC) the first Center Operations Sponsor of the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda. As a sponsor, SAIC will donate $150,000, over the next three years, to assist with the center's daily operations and programs to benefit wounded warriors, troops, and military families.
On April 1, USO-Metro opened a new 16,000 square foot Warrior and Family Center on the campus of Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The center's proximity to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will provide a "home away from home" for those who are treated at the medical center during the recovery process allowing wounded, ill and injured service members to heal and still be close to caregivers. Additionally, the center will provide services to active duty troops and military families to nurture physical health and recreation, family strengthening, positive behavioral health, education, employment, and community reintegration.
"Our centers are funded solely by donations received from local corporate partners, foundations and the public at large. We are deeply grateful for SAIC's contribution for this effort, and for the many generous contributions over the years," said USO-Metro President and CEO Elaine Rogers. "SAIC has been and continues to be a valued partner of the USO and has fueled our success in many ways and its commitment to supporting our troops and their families is unparalleled."
Throughout the year, as part of its donation, SAIC will support activities at and in support of the center. SAIC will also facilitate employee-driven collections to assist USO-Metro with replenishment of its amenities, snack bars, and food pantries in USO centers across the region, including airport lounges and both Warrior and Family Centers at Bethesda and Ft. Belvoir.
"SAIC's support as a Center Operations Sponsor directly impacts USO's ability to meet the needs of the region's large military population," said SAIC Sector President Doug Wagoner at the center's ribbon-cutting ceremony. "This sponsorship ensures that the centers at Bethesda and Ft. Belvoir remain strong and productive to support wounded, ill, and injured troops, as well as their families and caregivers."
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