Hometown Cypress Hero celebrates birthday in Japan

USO Operation Birthday Cake connects US Navy Sailor, Jacob Teal with family back home in Cypress, Texas

Jacob Teal, enjoys a birthday cake from his family, via the USO, while stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. (USO courtesy photo)
Jacob Teal, enjoys a birthday cake from his family, via the USO, while stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. (USO courtesy photo)

Yokosuka, Japan. (May 16, 2019) – The family of Cypress native, Jacob Teal, was able to send a birthday cake to their service member stationed in Yokosuka, Japan thanks to the USO.

Since 2013, USO Japan has been delivering cakes to service members on behalf of their families back home. After surprising them with the cake, the USO sends the photos home to the families who couldn’t be there to celebrate with their loved one.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to bring an unexpected surprise and share a moment of joy with our military who are deployed to Japan,” said, USO Japan Area Director, Laura Law-Millett.

For the service member, the cake lets them know that someone at home is thinking of them. For the families, it is a way to let their service member know that their sacrifice is not forgotten and serves as a reminder that everyone in Cypress is thinking about him. To date, USO Japan has delivered over 1,000 birthday cakes.

“Fifty-thousand US troops are deployed to Japan and the USO is there to help connect them to home, family and country. The photos we share are an important part of the OBC program and allow the families to connect in the celebrations of their sons and daughters and spouses,” Law-Millett shared.

About the USO:
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. The USO is a private nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit USO.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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