Paris Hilton has taken on the official role of “celebrity ambassador” for a new United Service Organization (USO) initiative “Song for Soldiers”. Hilton has come to New York during Fleet Week to promote her new position.
“I’m always looking for ways I can use my voice as a celebrity and I think there is nothing more worthwhile and patriotic than supporting our troops. When I first heard about the “Songs for Soldiers” initiative it immediately touched my heart,” said Hilton.
The “Song for Soldiers” initiative came about following research carried out by the City University of New York found that music is one of the most prominent stress relievers for service men and women.
This initiative will now deploy 180,000 MP3 players to every single duty service member in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each MP3 player will be pre-loaded with songs from a variety of artists who have donated to this effort.
Creator of the initiative Tom Wiggins was very pleased when Hilton agreed to get involved. He said “Paris continues a long standing tradition of female A-list stars supporting initiatives for our troops a la Betty Grable, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. But more than that, she is a trendsetter who can lead a young generation of patriots toward new ways to support our Troops.”
Hilton launched the program at “A Swingin’ Salute” bash, including swing dancing, in New York City. The 29-year-old star says she has further plans to stick with the initiative and meet with the troops on the ground.
“I would love to visit our troops! I hope that once we meet this goal I can personally be a part of the trip overseas to deliver these players into the hands of the troops. I would find that very rewarding, it is something I have always wanted to do,” she said.