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Hendricks honored, surprised by USO Holiday Tour invitation

Dec 21, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

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Matt Hendricks would label himself as “just your average Joe in the league,” so he wasn’t expecting an invitation to the USO Holiday Tour. When he was asked, he accepted the invitation even though he wasn’t sure how much of a difference he could make.

“But being there, being able to meet our servicemen and women and hear their stories, they showed so much appreciation and thanks to me,” Hendricks said, according to the Washington Post. “It made me think, ‘Man this is crazy. These troops are thanking me when I just want to thank them.’”

Hendricks’ father is a former Marine and he’s done charity work with the military. Still, meeting troops overseas was a different and “extremely humbling” experience for him.

“When you actually get there and you set foot on that soil, you see how they’re living, what the conditions are and what they’re doing day-by-day, the stresses and the hardships those levels of appreciation somehow go higher,” Hendricks said.

Hendricks was joined by Kellie Pickler, Ilza Shlesinger, and Washington Nationals pitchers Craig Stammen and Ross Detwiler. The latter of which bailed on his honeymoon to participate in the tour.

  1. capsfan19 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Hendricks is the man. Hands down. Met him in person, very down to earth dude

  2. bcjim - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Am I supposed to know who Kellie Pickler and Ilza Shlesinger are?

  3. id4joey - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Average Joe making 826k p/year. Not bad.

  4. rg3isvictory - Dec 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    My favorite Cap!!! Best thing to come out of last season!

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