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Washington Auto Show Partners with American Red Cross to Host Military Tribute Day

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FAIRFAX, VA – January 12, 2016 — In honor of the dedicated service of U.S. troops, The Washington Auto Show® will host Military Tribute Day, presented by Audi of America, on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA), the Auto Show will offer free admission to all active-duty military and veterans who present a valid military ID or DD214 and photo ID.  

In addition to free admission, Military Tribute Day will feature education and outreach of military special services by the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region.  

American Red Cross Booth Activities will include:

• Building Comfort Kits: A toothbrush, toothpaste and a comb. It may not seem like very much, but these personal hygiene items can bring comfort to veterans. With the help of volunteers, the Red Cross will set up comfort items to stuff into tote bags and deliver them to former U.S. service men and women.

• Pet Therapy Dogs: Animals have found a permanent place in assisting human healthcare professionals. The use of animals to aid in the convalescence of patients, or to serve as “co-therapists”, has become an accepted treatment modality. Animals facilitate socialization and provide unconditional love and acceptance. Animals can assist in the stress relief of hospitalized patients and also staff personnel. At both Walter Reed Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, American Red Cross Pet Therapy dogs assist in the healing of our wounded soldiers.

• Emergency Response Vehicle: After a disaster, a Red Cross emergency response vehicle (ERV) is often the first sign of relief for those who have lost everything due to a home fire, hurricane or tornado. Red Cross ERVs play a critical role in our response and recovery efforts, providing care and comfort to those who need it most. These multipurpose vehicles are used throughout a disaster response to serve hot meals, distribute comfort and cleanup items and can even serve as mobile casework centers providing information to those affected.

• Legos: Stop by the Red Cross booth to play with Lego pieces while learning about the role that Legos play with our Wounded Soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital. Come see a Lego display of one of the Star Wars battleships.

The Red Cross’ Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program dates back to the establishment of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton in May 1881. Not only did the “Angel of the Battlefield” risk her life tending to soldiers wounded in the Civil War, she bolstered their morale by writing letters for them to send to their families. Today’s American Red Cross workers proudly carry on this tradition through the SAF program, which serves as a critical line of communication between the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

The 2016 Washington Auto Show is open to the public from January 22-January 31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Hours are from noon until 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, from noon until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The show will close at 6:00 p.m. on its final day, January 31.

Audi Veterans to Technicians Program:

Military Veterans can stop by the Audi booth in the Mt Vernon Place Lobby or the Audi booth near the Metro entrance to learn more about the Audi Veterans to Technicians Program. Audi of America, Inc. established the Audi Veterans to Technicians Program to meet the growing and predicted future dealership demand for talented and experienced technicians. The purpose of the Audi Veterans to Technicians Program is to attract skilled former military maintenance technicians to become brand-certified Audi Service Technicians, Service Consultants / Advisors, and Parts Specialists, which is expanding the pool of qualified personnel employed by authorized Audi dealerships. Audi of America is pleased to welcome skilled Veterans into our organization and culture through the Audi Veterans to Technicians Program, one of several exciting initiatives designed to expand the quality, diversity and depth of the Audi dealership after sales workforce.

Meet and Greet with Alek Skarlatos at the Mazda Booth from 6-8pm:

Alek is the Oregon National Guardsman who, along with two guardsmen and two Frenchmen, stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound train travelling from Amsterdam via Brussels in August 2015. He has been awarded the United States Army Soldier’s Medal from U.S. President Barack Obama, and has received France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, from French president François Hollande as well as the medal of Arras, France. Skarlatos competed on season 21 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars with pro dancer Lindsay Arnold, and finished in third place.

For more information, visit www.washingtonautoshow.com.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/dc or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNCR.