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Has been ahead of a non profit organization USO.
Since 2008 which is a charitable organization committed.
To taking care of US troops -- Gibson is USO CEO and he joins me now from the NASDAQ market site where he'll be ringing the closing bell and poll about 41 minutes or thereabouts congratulations on that slowed and thank you for joining us I know you just got back from a holiday USO torts only what the USA -- USO provides and why -- -- It's so important.
-- the US -- missions to lift the spirits of America's troops and their families.
How we've been around for over 71 years now we constantly change while the mission stays the same.
We change and adapt to the changing needs of troops -- family so today you find this -- a lot of support to -- deployed troops serving in harm's way.
To military families that have endured -- of multiple deployments.
To -- Eleanor your troops and their families and to our families of the fallen.
There's a lot of fundraising that goes on at this time of the of course how how critical is it for your organization -- nonprofit organization in particular.
Well what we exists because of the generosity the American people some two million individual.
Donors said -- contribute to us and hundreds of corporations both large and small.
That provide various forms of them the support both monetary support is closing kind support.
We couldn't do what we do for troops and families without our -- -- generous donors.
Tell me about the helping heroes look program what does that include how important is -- Well particularly with wounded -- -- troops and their spouses as they are facing.
That the prospects of a transition to the civilian sector it's that's a tough transition for them.
And so we partner with other organizations to deliver career transition workshops to get them ready.
And then host small very intimate career transition career opportunity days.
Where they can actually meet with and talk with prospective employers to make sure that they're ready when the day comes -- they take uniform.
And I'm sure employers recognize the fact.
-- that look returning trips they make great employees.
They absolutely do.
Guy I think it's one of those great examples of doing well by doing good.
How often do you find a young men and women with that strong base of experience and responsibility that determination to accomplish -- mission.
-- -- strong leadership and experience and especially and hit people very young age it's a great thing for.
For companies and for communities to see these young men men and -- come back home because when we think of the SI have to mention the -- as it's been one of the hallmarks of the US like all the way back to Bob Hope and so on but.
You still get a lot of entertainers today don't do -- who'd love to entertain for the troops.
We we do about 500 performances and events with celebrities every year locations all over the world and as you mentioned I just returned from Afghanistan.
The annual holiday tour with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and stayed behind -- business and USO centers and and some of the small forward operating -- systems with her troops terrific what we thank you feel work -- slung Gibson USO CEO best a lot could continued success.
But -- program helping heroes work and thank you for joining us.
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