USO tour impacts Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith

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Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. On a recent tour, Carolina Panthers wide receiver, Steve Smith and other NFL players visited the troops in Afghanistan.

Check out an excerpt of his experience below, shared from the Carolina Panthers official site.

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was on the phone with his wife one night when he was startled by the reality of military life in Afghanistan. A rocket attack occurred at the base where Smith was staying on his USO tour in March. Sirens went off and Smith followed strict instructions, sprinting to a nearby bunker. “All of a sudden it was like, ‘Whoa,’” Smith said. “My wife could hear the siren in the background.” Smith embarked on this tour to better understand what American troops experience overseas. Reacting to a rocket attack sure left a lasting impression. “I got to go through that and see what our fellow men and women go through every single day,” Smith said. “They had already talked to us about the procedure if there was a rocket attack, and then I actually went through it.”

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Carolina Panthers wide receiver, Steve Smith races a servicemember during his visit to Afghanistan (Photo credit: Carolina Panthers website).

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USO tour impacts Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith