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Karl Malone delivers for U.S. troops on USO tour

Published: Monday, Aug. 1 2011 2:30 p.m. MDT

The Mailman may be retired, but he's still more than willing to make a special delivery to America's armed forces.

The USO has released a few photos of former Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone's tour with comedian Jon Stewart, illusionist David Blaine and Admiral Mike Mullen. The six-day, three-country tour has included stops at five different bases, including Kandahar Airfield, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Geronimo, FOB Delhi and Bagram Airfield.

"I have many friends and family members who have served (or are currently serving) in our nation's Armed Forces," Malone said in a USO press release, "and I have such a profound respect for what they do day in and day out. This USO tour is especially meaningful because of the friends I have met and I am honored to be apart of it."

Malone also commented on the tour on the NBA's official Facebook page. "We dont do enough for our troops," he said. "I think sometimes we get the hero thing all screwed up. As an athlete, I never considered myself a hero. I just considered myself lucky to be playing. But these men and women of our Armed Forces, theyre the real heroes. They put their life on the line every single minute. The least I can do is to visit them and tell them thanks."

The full list of tour locations and dates has not been released for security reasons.

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