Hilary Swank Joins Duracell And USO To Honor Children Of U.S. Military Families

Hilary Swank, Mackenzie Nilson and the "star" of the movie The Teddy Bear
Hilary Swank, Mackenzie Nilson and the “star” of the movie The Teddy Bear

In honor of Independence Day, Duracell has launched a new short film to shine a light on the children of military families and announced a partnership with the United Service Organization (USO). The film, The Teddy Bear, inspired by a real military family, tells the story of a young girl and her beloved battery-powered teddy bear that has the ability to record voices. Her teddy bear is her way of staying always connected to her father during his deployment through the comfort of hearing his voice. Two-time Academy Award-winner, Hilary Swank, shared her support of the program as the daughter of a service member herself; her father is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant.

Hilary Swank, left. Navy Air Traffic Controller First Class Robert Nilson, wife Denise, daughter Mackenzie, 3, and their son. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Duracell/AP Images)
Hilary Swank, left. Navy Air Traffic Controller First Class Robert Nilson, wife Denise, daughter Mackenzie, 3, and their son.
(Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Duracell/AP Images)

You can view the very touching short movie, The Teddy Bear here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQaeXWtvprM

Since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, more than 2 million American children have had a deployed parent, according to the “Military Children and Families” report conducted by Princeton University/Brookings (Fall 2013). Many of them have seen multiple deployments, 3, 4, or even 5 family separations, making the USO’s “Comfort Crew for Military Kids” program important and something Duracell is proud to support.

For those that serve, and for their families that await their return – Thank You!  Happy Independence Day!

 

(*Disclosure:  Video/Images shared with permission by CitizensRelations.com)


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