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NFL donates $5 million to the USO

DENVER -- Created in 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt at the beginning of World War II,  the United Service Organization has a simple mission: To connect America's service members to family, home and country.

The USO's mission today is as vital as ever, making soldiers feel at home when they are not.  And for the past 50 years, the NFL has played a major role in doing just that.

"When you are overseas you really take for granted how much you connect to America through football and our culture," USO chief development officer Lisa Anastasi said.

On Tuesday, the NFL continued its support of our troops with a $5 million donation.  Food, families and Broncos alums were on hand for autographs, smiles and gratitude.

"This $5 million is a brand new effort.  It's going to go to funding three [Military Entrance Processing Stations] in different parts of the country.  And also a broad campaign to really bring service members, make them feel closer to home," NFL senior vice president of social responsibility Anna Isaacson said.

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