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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) ---Wounded warriors, active militaryand corporate sponsors gathered for a night of celebration byUSO Metropolitan Washingtonat its annual fundraiser, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

The 9thAnnualStars and Stripes Night Fundraiser honoredthe top corporate sponsors including WUSA.

"I think USO services aremore criticaltoday thanthey haveever been," said Elaine Rogers, President of USO Metropolitan Washington.

"We have so many military who are serving overseas, coming home, going back re-deploying, their families are here. And the USO really is that home away from home."

The United Service Organizations is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting troops and their families. USO provides a variety of services including airport assistance,service care packages andentertainment. Over 5,000 volunteers serve USO Metropolitan Washington.

WUSA9's former General Manager, Allan Horlick, accepted the award on the station's behalf. Horlick also sits on the board for USO Metropolitan Washington.

"Theneed of what the USO provides has gotten bigger and bigger every year as there are so much more people that could use help,"he said.

WUSA9 participates in the annual USO Turkeys forTroops, which raises money to provide military families with food baskets over the holiday season.

Reported/Written by: Elizabeth Jia
WUSA 9 & WUSA9.com

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