I couldn't wait any longer to bag on Tito, it's a sickness I know that has no cure.
In all seriousness, Tito does play an active role in speaking with wounded soldiers and also, making sure that the troops who ensure our national & international safety and liberty and right to free speech (which I value the most) feel good about their roles in their difficult missions when he visits them over there.
Here's a recent press release highlighting Tito's second trip to Iraq bringing along with him fellow Team Punishment fighter, Justin McCully:
'Huntington Beach Bad Boy' Tito Ortiz to Embark on Second USO Entertainment Tour to Persian Gulf
The USO is a private nonprofit, charitable organization relying on contributions from individuals, organizations and corporations to support its programs for service members and their families around the world. The USO serves as the link between the American people and our men and women in uniform. The mission of the USO is to bring a touch of home to service members and their families. (PRNewsFoto/USO)
WASHINGTON, DC UNITED STATES
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mixed martial arts
favorite Tito Ortiz and fellow fighter Justin McCully are gearing up for
their second trip to the Persian Gulf to visit troops as part of a
USO/Multi National Corps - Iraq entertainment tour. In July 2007, Ortiz and
McCully took time out of their schedules to visit wounded service members
being treated in Washington, DC, and Bethesda, MD. In true patriotism, they
also visited thousands of service men and women stationed at Camp Liberty
in Baghdad and surrounding military installations, bringing smiles and a
much needed break from day-to-day operations.
Touched by their USO experiences overseas, the duo vowed to continue
supporting U.S. troops, reuniting to demonstrate insider fighting
techniques, shake hands with U.S. troops and chat with those stationed
abroad. The pair will also express their heartfelt gratitude, sign
autographs and pose for pictures.
"I look forward to returning to the Persian Gulf with the USO to visit
our nation's troops," says Ortiz. "The truth is, they give me more than I
could ever give them. They secure our borders, sacrifice their lives and
fight for our freedom, and I'll do what little I can to say thanks."
A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Ortiz is a legendary mixed martial
arts fighter. A former Light-Heavyweight champion, he spent most of his
career fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Competition organization. Admired
for his showmanship and athleticism, Ortiz has headlined numerous
pay-per-view championship events, appeared on the covers of countless
magazines and been profiled in such publications as "The New York Times"
and "Sports Illustrated," among many others. His acting ability and
charisma have also earned him roles in several films and TV series,
including CBS' "NUMB3RS" and his much anticipated appearance on NBC's
"Celebrity Apprentice," airing January 3, 2008 at 9 p.m.
Ultimate Fighting Championship newcomer, McCully, nicknamed "The Insane
1," is an accomplished fighter and holds a black belt in Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu. Far from an overnight success, McCully made his mixed martial
arts debut in 1997 in Tokyo.
Since 1941, the USO has brought quality entertainment to millions of
U.S. military service members and their families. In 2006, hundreds of
celebrities donated their time and talents to help the USO boost troop
morale and bring a touch of home to the men and women serving our country.
AT&T, Inc. is the official telecommunications sponsor of USO
entertainment tours. For a list of recent and upcoming USO tours, visit
http://www.uso.org/whatwedo/entertainment/. To find out how to support the
troops, visit http://www.uso.org.
About the USO
For more than 66 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been
providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military
personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable
organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support
its programs and services. The USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic
Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems North America, Clear Channel
Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, DRS Technologies, Inc., S & K Sales
Co. and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Other corporate donors, including the
United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381), 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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