Verizon Continues Support of U.S. Military Members Through Renewal of USO-Metro Sponsorship

    Verizon Continues Support of U.S. Military Members Through Renewal of
                            USO-Metro Sponsorship

New 'Operation Healthy Traveler' Program Set to Launch in Four Washington,
D.C.-Area Airports

PR Newswire

ARLINGTON and ASHBURN, Va., Nov. 12, 2012

ARLINGTON and ASHBURN, Va., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon and the USO
of Metropolitan Washington will continue to collaborate to support members of
the U.S. military and their families through a renewal of Verizon's
sponsorship to support USO lounges in four Washington, D.C.-area airports:
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Joint
Base Andrews.This initiative is funded by the Verizon Foundation.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the U.S. military, this year Verizon is
launching a new program – Operation Healthy Traveler – to promote healthy food
options and positive mental health for traveling members of the military. The
program educates service members and their families about reducing stress and
eating healthy meals and snacks while traveling, and offers them nutritious
food options.

"Our airport lounges serve as a home-away-from-home for members of our
military community, and programs such as the Verizon-sponsored Operation
Healthy Traveler help us provide healthy options that have a direct impact on
their traveling experience," said Elaine Rogers, president and chief executive
officer, USO of Metropolitan Washington. "Thousands of military members and
their families have benefitted from the use of USO airport lounges thanks to
Verizon's generosity, and we're extremely grateful for their continued

According to a 2011 USO-TARP Worldwide survey of 7,000 active duty military
and family members, the availability of refreshments was identified as one of
the primary reasons to visit a USO center. The survey also indicated that
healthy food options are one of the greatest opportunities for the USO to meet
the needs of U.S. troops.

"Verizon and the USO of Metropolitan Washington share a strong commitment to
supporting members of the U.S. military and their families," said Susan
Zeleniak, senior vice president – public sector markets, Verizon Enterprise
Solutions. "Our collaboration with the USO of Metropolitan Washington
benefits service members every day, and the addition of Operation Healthy
Traveler  is yet another way Verizon can express its appreciation by serving
those who serve our country."

Verizon has been a USO-Metro supporter since 2006 and was recently named to
the USO-Metro Circle of Stars for the second consecutive year.

Verizon is a leading provider of advanced IT and communications services to
governments around the world. Visit the Verizon Public Sector website for
more information.

About USO of Metropolitan Washington
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and
dedicated to "Serving those who serve, and their families" in Washington,
D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial
support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro
is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted
volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops
and their families at area military hospitals; through its Mobile USO program;
at five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care
Package. For more information please visit or "like" us on
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About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless
network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also
provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over
America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business
solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the
Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon
employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit

About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the
company's innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education,
health care and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has
invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where
Verizon employees work and live. Verizon's employees are generous with their
donations and their time, having logged more than 6.2 million hours of service
to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information,

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Contact: Kevin W. Irland (Verizon), +1-703-886-1117,; or Michelle Shortencarrier (USO-Metro),
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