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Al Franken delivers message and entertainment for deployed troops
By Carlotta Maneice, 160th Signal Brigade Public Affairs Officer
Dec 14, 2006 - 3:15:36 PM
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Comedian Al Franken poses with a Staff Sgt. Allan Polasko, of the 377th Theater Support Command during an autograph signing session at Third Army/U.S. Army Central headquarters on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait Dec. 14. (Photo by Sgt. Thomas Day, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)
Blackanthem Military News, CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- Al Franken is known to many as a comedian, actor, Emmy winner and best selling author.  What they may not know is Franken has done seven USO tours since 1999 and has traveled to Kosovo, Bosnia, Kuwait and northern Iraq to honor Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines of the United States military. 

Currently, Franken is touring with the USO Sergeant Major of the Army Hope and Freedom Live Show with Leeann Tweeden, Darryl Worley, The Washington Projects, Keni Thomas, Mark Wills and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

“This years show will fall in the tradition of Bob Hope.  Leeann Tweeden and I will host this event and it will include some mild political satire.” 

Jokingly he says he will inform his audience that he has eaten five MREs [meals, ready to eat] and “none of them had an exit strategy.”

This political satirist’s gentle spirit is present when he speaks about the sacrifices the troops are making for the United States of America. 

“I am inspired when I see our troops.  Many of them are my kids’ age and to know what they are doing for our country really affects me,” said Franken. 

“I love talking to the troops,” Franken said.  Franken said troops are usually frank and are well informed.  “Although I have had some tell me that they do not agree with me politically, they are still happy that I am here.”
   
When asked, “What message do you want to leave the troops during this Christmas holiday?”  He said, “Americans all over the world are thinking of you and we honor you and the sacrifices you are making for us.”

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Country music star Darryl Worley, sportscaster Leeann Tweeden and comedian Al Franken meet and greet Third Army/U.S. Army Central Soldiers during an autograph signing session Dec. 14. (Photo by Sgt. Thomas Day, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Pamela Bailey-Verity
02 Oct 2008, 08:51
FOREVER GRATEFUL

Thank you for your courage
And thank you for your strength
You fight bravely for our freedom
Your sacrifice is great.

You fight for people you've never met
And for those who seem not to care
You fight for those not yet born
And those who keep you in their prayers.

You're hot and tired and dirty
Not to mention lonely and scared
You love your friends and family
And miss those times you shared.

Thank you for the wounds you suffer
To protect the life that we enjoy
Our hearts are filled with pride
For the men and women
Who left as girls and boys.

All of you are heroes
Those serving now and years gone by
We honor you today and always
With our flag still flying high.
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