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Jill Biden, left, and Nancy Pelosi help stuff the first USO care packages tailored toward women. The new packages include items such as makeup and hair care products.

Jill Biden, left, and Nancy Pelosi help stuff the first USO care packages tailored toward women. The new packages include items such as makeup and hair care products. (Photo courtesy of United Service Organizations)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — For years, the United Service Organizations has been sending care packages filled with items such as DVDs, phone cards, beef jerky and playing cards. But now, some of the boxes will contain items specifically for women in the war zones.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined about 20 members of Congress on Capitol Hill to help kick off the new program this week by putting together 2,000 care packages.

The packages are full of goodies like skin care products, makeup, hair care products and other things women may want, said USO spokesman Mark Phillips. "We shied away from the more frilly things because they are serving in a combat zone," Phillips said.

Phillips said as a former servicemember, he knows what it is like to be surprised with a care package.

"Out of the blue, this care package shows up from someone you don’t know. That means the world. Just the fact you got it is a huge morale booster. It lifts your spirits," Phillips said.

In addition to congressional support, the USO said, companies also have stepped up with donations and by reducing the prices they charge for the products.


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