Yandel and USO Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month, Announce USO Concert at Ft. Bliss Plus Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Content

Special guest Leslie Grace to open for Reggaeton star and join him in base activities and USO meet & greet with soldiers and families - all of which will be captured and available exclusively to fans


ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

WHAT:      USO concert featuring Sony Music Latin recording artist Yandel with special guest Leslie Grace

WHEN:     Friday, September 25, 2015
                 5:40 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.       Media Presser feat. Leslie Grace
                 6:05 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.       Media Presser feat. Yandel
                 7:00 p.m.                       USO Concert Begins

Notes. 1) Media planning on attending this event must RSVP with reporter's name and/or photographer's name (along with agency) to Oname Thompson at the USO at 703-864-5980 no later than 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24. Confirmed media must arrive at the Biggs Gate no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25 to be escorted onto the installation.  2) High resolution USO photos available post-concert at http://bit.ly/1EFBcFg.
WHERE:    Fort Bliss, Texas
              Biggs Park
WHY:    The USO and reggaetón sensation Yandel are kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) in a big way, announcing their USO tour to Fort Bliss –  complete with unit visits, a 120-minute USO concert and an opportunity for fans to gain access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes content.  Joining Yandel onsite as his special guest is bachata singer Leslie Grace.  The USO concert, the first for both artists, will take place on September 25.  The event is free and open to all military ID holders and their guests at Fort Bliss and surrounding military installations.   

To further recognize and celebrate the contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans, the USO will turn its cameras on Yandel and Leslie Grace, and follow them throughout their USO experience.  Through photos and video, fans will get to see in real-time everything from what goes into putting on USO tours of this magnitude to getting an inside look of base visits, sound checks and USO meet & greets.  To gain access to such exclusive USO content, sign up at USOMoments.org/Yandel and check the secret link on September 28.    

Joining forces for the first time since appearing together earlier this year in the USO's first-ever bilingual public service announcement (PSA) in support of the Every Moment Counts campaign, Yandel and Leslie Grace are strong supporters for those in uniform.  In the 30-second USO PSA, entitled "¡Gracias!," both stars thanked troops and all those who have fallen for their service and sacrifice.  The duo is among a host of other Sony Music Latin recording artists featured.  The spot is running throughout the year on select television, radio and digital outlets.

NOTE:    Every Moment Counts is a national campaign that rallies Americans to honor and create moments that matter for our troops and their families.  Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Yandel, Leslie Grace, Sony Music Latin and the USO encourage the public to watch the new Every Moment Counts PSA "¡Gracias!," share it online using #USOmoments and join them in thanking our nation's military community.  For more information about Every Moment Counts visit USOmoments.org or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

About the USO

The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President's Circle Partners: AT &T, BNSF Railway, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, JCPenney, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Four-Star Partners: BIC, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, GEICO, Harris Teeter, Jeep, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, NFL, Procter & Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.



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