Nine of the country’s top professional cartoonists just returned from a USO trip to D.C. and Germany where they spent a week visiting the troops. Continuing a tradition that started all the way back in WWII, these guys drew cartoons and caricatures for the men and women being treated or serving at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Walter Reed, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Ramstein AFB.
I had to miss this trip, but I didn’t have to worry about them because of their maturity. They are all seasoned travelers and each has been on similar visits here in the United States.
They are all business.
Plus the team leader, the guy who I knew I could rely on, was Army veteran Bruce Higdon.
Besides, I knew the USO would give them the same advice they give to all the cartoonists: DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING.
Plus I knew that they would handle themselves with subtle grace as they soothed the hurting soldiers.
In the end they all returned home with a perfect record. They visited troops at all their scheduled stops, they put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces, and not one of them got arrested.
As far as I know.
Cartoonists at the Ramstein gate
(Photos by USO photographer Jaime Goloyugo)