In the Tradition of Bob Hope, the USO Brings a Touch of Home for the Holidays
DOOL's Alison Sweeney (Sami), Kyle Brandt (Philip), and Eric Winter (Rex) join James Reynolds (ex Abe,DOOL), and actor John Amos, and will soon embark on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to bring holiday cheer to service men and women stationed in the Persian Gulf. The group will meet and greet service members,
tour military facilities, sign autographs, pose for pictures and provide as much one-on-one contact as possible to encourage troops stationed in the region of combat activity.
Sweeney, who traveled to Spain and Italy last year to visit troops, plays the role of Sami Brady on Days. She is a four-time winner of the "Soap Opera Digest" Award and has also appeared on "Friends," "Weakest Link" and "Fear Factor." Brandt joined the "Days" cast in May 2003 as Philip Kirakis. Widely known from his days on "Real World: Chicago," Brandt participated in training programs at Northwestern University, Chicago's renowned Second City and the New York Film Academy. A former Tommy Hilfiger model, Eric Winter currently stars as Rex. Prior to joining the cast, he earned his degree from UCLA and made appearances in several commercials.
For the third year in a row, James Reynolds (ex Abe) will be spending Christmas with troops, who are far from home and engaged in an increasingly dangerous mission. A longtime USO supporter, Reynolds has visited service men and women in Germany, Kuwait, Spain and Italy, bringing them a familiar face, a welcome smile and a kind word of support. For more than 20 years, he portrayed Abe Carver on NBC's Emmy Award-winning soap opera "Days of Our Lives," and was the first to meet his fate at the hand of the Salem Serial Stalker, shocking fans who were chagrinned that we was killed off the show.
Although best known for his "Days" role, Reynolds also starred in "Buffalo Soldier," a play that depicts black U.S. Army troops in the American West following the Civil War, for which he was nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award. The former Marine and Vietnam veteran also is active in several charitable causes, including the PTA, Haven House (a home for battered women and children), The National Asthma Center, the Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA.
With roles on the widely popular shows "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and
"Good Times," John Amos found his niche with sitcom fans. The former
professional football player appeared in numerous television shows, including
"The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Martin," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "King of the
Hill," "The District" and "The West Wing." His credits include the portrayal
of the adult Kunta Kinte in 1977's critically acclaimed miniseries "Roots."
Amos is recognizable to film fans as well with appearances in "Coming to
America," "Die Hard 2," "The Players Club" and "Disappearing Acts." Amos, who
served four years with the New Jersey Army National Guard, is currently
starring on the WB's "All About the Andersons."
For more than 62 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has brought
a touch of home to America's military personnel. The USO is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization and is not a government agency. The USO is supported by World Partners Amazon.com, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, BAE SYSTEMS, Clear Channel Worldwide, Coca-Cola, ESPN, Lowe's, Morgan Stanley, Ray-Ban, Sara Lee, S & K Sales Company, Ty, Inc., USAA Foundation and The Walt Disney Company. Other corporate donors, including Nissan, Northwest Airlines, Walgreens, and the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at http://www.uso.org.
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