Blockbuster & USO Teaming Up To Support The Troops

July 14, 2008

Even when our Troops are deployed, they have downtime, in which they’re not at work. To pass the time, they try to fill the time with something that they enjoy. That may be reading or perhaps watching a movie or playing a video game. Movies and video games have been popular among the deployed Troops to help them fill in that downtime. Recognizing this, Blockbuster stores across the United States have partnered with the USO to make it easier to Americans to donate video games and DVDs deployed Troops.

“The DVD and game drive is a way for Blockbuster stores and the American public to make life a little better for US servicemen and women when they’re so far away from home,” Larcine Bland, Blockbuster’s vice president for community affairs said.

Customers are able to purchase a new or previously viewed DVD or games at participating Blockbuster stores. They then drop the movies or games into a USO drop box that is provided. Because of security reasons, the USO can only accept DVDs and games that originate from participating Blockbuster stores. Blockbuster will then match donations made at the store, up to 20,000 DVDs. They will work closely with the USO to ensure that the movies and games are distributed to Troops around the world.

“We are excited to work with Blockbuster, to continue to boost the morale of our men and women in uniform and their families around the world,” said Edward A. Powell, USO president and chief executive officer.

Movies, video games and music are things that I always suggest to someone who asks what would be the best thing for them to send our deployed Troops. These items allow them the opportunity to unwind a little bit when they have the time away from the harsh realities of life during deployment.
This is a great opportunity for people who want to do something tangible to show their support for our Troops. Please take the time to visit your local Blockbuster Store and see if they’re participating in this program and do your part in sending some support to our deployed Troops. If they’re not, don’t hesitate to let them know how you feel about them not participating.



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