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G.I. Cho takes on new mission for USO-NC

The effect that “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” will have won’t end when the curtain falls or the box office banks its profits.

Chapel Hill actor Augustus Cho, who plays a North Korean leader in the movie, is spearheading a star-studded benefit Saturday for the USO of North Carolina and the U.S. Veterans Corps, a nonprofit community service group.

Cho also has released a public service announcement to raise awareness of the USO’s work and promote the fund-raising event - http://youtu.be/WZk39Ybr8mA.

“Paramount has really, really come through on this. They were very generous to give us this kind of support. This is highly unusual,” Cho said.

The Military Appreciation Day event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham.

Connie Inggs, director of the USO-NC’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center, said she expects the event to have a major impact. The nonprofit organization relied on donations to serve 651,000 service members and families last year.

“There is a great burden on us right now to do operations, and we need community support,” she said.

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