NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Service members, Department of Defense (DOD) civilians and their dependents attended a performance by the "Sesame Street/USO Experience Tour" at the Naples High School gymnasium on Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples Support Site, June 28.
The "Sesame Street/USO Experience Tour," a tour created to reach out to military dependents of a young age, is the USO's longest traveling tour and celebrates its fifth year of touring the globe in 2013 by traveling to 42 installations in eight countries throughout the European and Pacific Region.
"Sesame Street knows families, and the USO knows the military so when they collaborated and created this tour in 2008 to show their appreciation for what sacrifices these families make for their country," said Nicole McClendon, USO representative at NSA Naples. "This tour is currently our longest running tour and has already performed more than 400 times."
The tour showcases the power of friendship while featuring Katie, a new "Sesame Street" character who is a military child, and help her to overcome her fears as she deals with moving to new places and meeting new people.
"The Sesame Street tour includes a new member of the cast, Katie, in order to build a better connection to military children by representing the hardships they face," said McClendon.
McClendon said the USO is a nonprofit organization funded by corporate sponsors and private donations. Through the funding the USO receives they have created other programs to support military families such as "With You All The Way," "Little Champs" and "United Through Reading".
"My family enjoyed the performance," said Marisa Barrie, employee of NAVFAC. "We have to realize that it's not only the service member who serves but also their family, and this tour showed the military and their families the appreciation and the gratitude of Americans who contributed."
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