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Brian Cushing heads overseas on USO tour

Brian Cushing will take a break from offseason conditioning to pay a visit to the military on his first USO Tour.

"I'm leaving this Friday," Cushing said. "I'm going to Germany and Kuwait. We're going to be visiting both countries and a number of different bases. It was just an opportunity that was presented to me and it's something I'm passionate about, so I couldn't turn it down. I'm just very excited about the chance."

The veteran linebacker, now in his eighth season, has always been passionate about supporting the military. His foundation, the Brian Cushing Foundation, provides resources to Houston-area veterans and their families. Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate will join Cushing on the week-long trip.

"It's something I've wanted to do for quite some time now," Cushing said on Texans All Access. "I think it just fits in perfectly with my charity, my foundation. Once I finally got the email about it, I was just excited. It was something I obviously couldn't turn down."

The mission of the USO, the United Service Organizations, is to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country, throughout their service to the nation.

Cushing looks forward to visiting the bases, sharing meals, and interacting with the men and women overseas in their daily military work.

"I can imagine how lonely it will probably be out there, with how lonely they've been out there, but it's great to see a face that you're familiar with and just get out there and talk with the guys and just share my experience and hear from them."

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing spent some time at the Houston Rodeo's military appreciation BBQ lunch event.

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