Trooper Steve: “The USO is everything to every military member”

Having served eight years as a Florida Highway Patrol, Steven Montiero seamlessly transitioned to CBS news affiliate News 6 (WKMG) as a Traffic Safety Expert. But before he became Trooper Steve, he had done a tour in Iraq with the Air Force.

As a veteran, Montiero understands the importance of receiving care packages from the United Service Organization (USO). He shared his experience during the 14th Annual USO Benefit Ride. The event that took place in the Orlando Harley-Davidson South on September 15th, raised funds to provide for the distribution of over 12,000 care packages to deployed service members.

“There’s no better feeling that when you land in the middle of nowhere and you get to a bare base and there’s nothing there, just you and your guys, and you see that little USO emblem there; it’s a touch of home. It’s something saying that there are people out there that still care about you,” Montiero said to ScoreInc in an interview.

Born and raised in Osceola County, the former FHP Trooper explained that “the USO is everything to every military member” and that he enjoyed receiving care packages from the USO, particularly those from an Osceola County address.

“We’re still on a war. A lot of people don’t realize this. We still have troops on the front line. It’s programs like this that remind them that they’re fighting for people back home,” he concluded.

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