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Cincinnati USO Tribute to help wounded service members

Cincinnati Tribute to help wounded service members (USO Cincinnati Tribute)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If people are starting to make plans for the Fourth of July weekend one event would be a great way to celebrate freedom and those who continue to fight for it.

It is a tribute dinner with the Cincinnati Pops, a concert and fireworks July 2, at Riverbend which honors members of all branches of the military and raises money for a number of programs for those serving their country. Michael Logue told Local 12 he knew how important the services provided by the USO, or United Service Organizations, could be. He served with the Lima Company

3rd Battalion 25th marines out of Columbus, Ohio; one of the most active combat operations in the world.

Michael, now a volunteer, said, "Going 45 days without a shower and then seeing a care package from the USO that had a shower kit in it was like an extension of home."

He works with dozens of others all year in the Tri-State to put together the annual USO Tribute. The 2016 year was extra special because it was the 75th anniversary of World War II and when the USO programs began. The money raised supports the mission of the two largest USO medical centers known as Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir.

While the severely wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are there, their average stay is 30 months in the hospital. It's enough to make a person want the comforts of home and that's what the mission specifically supports. Steve Lee is also a USO volunteer.

He said it was important to remember, "Sometimes when you need a friend, they also need you too."

He said attending Tribute Cincinnati was a small way to say a big thank you for the big sacrifices military family members make every day.

Tribute Cincinnati will take place July 2, at Coney Island and Riverbend tickets for the concert start as low as $15.

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