Y&R's Kate Linder Tours with USO

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Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R)  Photo: CBSWASHINGTON, March 14, 2003 -- The USO is sending former NFL player Kevin Greene and actress Kate Linder to visit service members stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, March 17.  This is the third in the stateside tour program, revised by the USO last year.

With 42,000 troops, Fort Hood is the Army's largest base and the site of frequent deployments.  During the tour, Green and Linder will visit with different military units, dine with troops and sign autographs.

A former captain in the Army Reserve as well as a paratrooper, Kevin Greene played in the NFL for 15 years.  He was drafted by the LA Rams in 1985. He also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.  Greene played in five Pro Bowl games and was named the NFC Linebacker of the Year in 1994 and 1996.  He also received the George Halas Defensive Player of the Year Award.  Greene currently writes for the "NFL Insider."

Kate Linder visited service members in Afghanistan on a USO tour over the Thanksgiving holiday last year.  She is currently celebrating her 21st year as Esther Valentine on the top-rated CBS soap opera "The Young & the Restless." Linder is a founding board member of TV Cares, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences AIDS awareness and fundraising organization.  She also is active with the Make a Wish Foundation.

The tour is sponsored by USO World Partners Amazon.com, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, BAE SYSTEMS, Clear Channel Worldwide, Coca-Cola, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, S&K Sales Company, USAA Foundation and VFW.

For more than 60 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, PricewaterhouseCoopers, S&K Sales Company, USAA Foundation and VFW.  Other corporate donors, including Nissan, Northwest Airlines, Walgreens, The Walt Disney Company 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 www.uso.org.