Supporting those serving in the United States military is nothing new for Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, whose father Doug is a former Marine.
He’s a fixture at local Wounded Warrior events, and he and his wife, Kim, help organize local support for Defending the Blue Line, a charity that ensures children of military members can participate in hockey by providing free equipment, camps and financial assistance for league fees.
This time, Hendricks will be taking his efforts abroad and visiting troops overseas with the USO Holiday Tour led by Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Nationals pitchers Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammen, singer Kellie Pickler and comedian Iliza Shlesinger are taking part in the trip as well.
Because of national security concerns, Hendricks and the rest of the civilians don’t know where they’re headed, but that doesn’t dampen their enthusiasm.
About to embark on a life changing experience. Please follow me and the rest of the USO Holiday Tour! I’m so grateful. # Support The Troops!
— Matt Hendricks (@MattHendy26) December 11, 2012