Martin Plowman news 2011-01-11

Plowman Participates in USO Handshake Tour at Walter Reed

Giving back to the troops is a twice in a lifetime opportunity for Martin Plowman as he participated in a USO hand-shake tour at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before he leaves for the Indianapolis 500 Centennial Tour. While Bob Hope is perhaps the first celebrity who comes to mind as an ambassador of goodwill for our troops, the "Spirit of Hope" inspires many of today's brightest stars to participate in handshake tours, concerts and autograph sessions for military members and their families in the D.C. area with the USO of Metropolitan Washington.

Plowman was hosted by the USO of Metropolitan Washington to thank our wounded warriors directly. Last year USO-Metro hosted more than 100 entertainers on handshake tours at Walter Reed and Bethesda to boost the morale and brighten the days of our recovering heroes and their caregivers.

Plowman spent time visiting room-to-room, listening to the inspirational stories of service members recovering from wounds sustained in battle. While most had suffered far more than many civilians, their outlook on life left smiles and tears on Plowman's face.

"There are few things in life that leave a lasting impression on your soul and very few things that change the way you think and act, but visiting wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Medical Center certainly changed me," stated Plowman.

"I was very anxious about what to expect before I met with the troops, but after leaving the hospital, talking to as many service members as I could, and hearing their stories, I knew that I had been in the presence of real heroes. Despite their sacrifices, they all radiated a sense of optimism and a feeling that nothing fazed them. It was just awe-inspiring. They have done so much for us; we owe all of them so much for keeping our world safe and free."

Plowman will be able to use the troops' personal words of advice as he travels overseas on the Indianapolis 500 Centennial Tour on January 12. Joining him will be Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Jr., Johnny Rutherford, Larry Foyt, and Sarah Fisher. The Tour is organized by the Morale Entertainment Foundation and the Pentagon's Armed Forces Entertainment Agency, with support from the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Racing Experience.

About USO-Metro: The USO of Metropolitan Washington supports service members and their families who are recovering and receiving treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center, and Warrior Transition Units at Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir and the Hunter Holmes McGuire Richmond VAMC. USO-Metro supports these military heroes and their families through programs including celebrity handshake tours, emergency food and housing assistances, on-site concerts by well-known entertainers, excursions, as well as therapeutic and adaptive activities.

-source: martin plowman PR

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