Head coach Andy Reid is one of four NFL coaches who will travel to meet and greet members of our Armed Forces in the coming weeks.
Joining Reid in the Middle East are Vikings head coach and former Eagles assistant Brad Childress, Panthers head coach John Fox and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.
"This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Reid. "The dedication and passion that these men and women display for our country is inspiring. I consider each and every one of them heroes. They sacrifice a lot of the comforts of their homeland and family life to serve our country to the fullest. To be able to spend time with them during their tour of duty is an honor."
The NFL and USO have organized overseas morale-building visits for more than 40 years. In 1966, the NFL teamed with the USO and became the first sports organization to send a group of players to Vietnam and other parts of Asia, demonstrating the league's support for America's troops.
Last year, members of the Eagles Cheerleaders headed to Iraq to perform for the troops.
Reid said that he and Childress usually vacation in Alaska during the time between now and the start of training camp. Childress asked if Reid wanted to go somewhere a little different.
For security reasons, details about exact dates and locations aren't made public.
*-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:12 a.m., June 13