ASSA ABLOY Holds USO Backpack Build to Support 1K Returning Military Vets

The backpacks were filled with foodstuff and personal items on the show floor at ASIS 2017 before being provided to service members.

DALLAS — ASSA ABLOY teamed up with United Service Organizations (USO) during ASIS 2017 to fill backpacks with foodstuff, toiletries and other personal items for returning military veterans as they wait for their personal luggage to arrive back from deployment.

About 1,000 backpacks were packed on the show floor at the ASSA ABLOY booth before being provided to service members returning to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Several partner companies took part in the event, including AccessNsite, AMAG, Genetec, Lenel, Open Options, RS2, S2 and Software House.

“At USO DFW we serve more than 200,000 military service members and their families each year,” says Stephanie Melson, director, USO DFW. “We are grateful for our partnership with ASSA ABLOY as it helps further our mission in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

According to Jeff Huggins, Director Government Programs, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions, the program underscores ASSA ABLOY’s support of the troops and helps raise awareness that leaving for or returning from deployment is not a simple thing.

“Deployments are complex and emotionally taxing for our troops so everything we can do to show our support and normalize the process is effort well-spent,” Huggins says. “We’re grateful for their service and applaud the work of the USO. It’s clear that this sentiment is prevalent throughout the ASIS community, so we welcome any opportunity to help this cause.”

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