There are many ways to support our troops, actions more effective than putting a sticker on your car’s bumper. For example, you can support the USO by donating money or your time. Organizations like the USO are America in action.
The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform. The original intent of Congress – and enduring style of USO delivery – is to represent the American people by extending a touch of home to the military. The USO is one way the American public supports the troops.
The USO opened in 1941 in response to a challenge from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to handle the on-leave morale needs for members of the armed forces. While the USO has diversified and changed over time, the mission remains unchanged: to bring a touch of home to our men and women in uniform, until every one comes home. The USO is the link between the American people and military personnel. Through the USO, Americans can show their appreciation and express their gratitude.
What is the USO?
- The USO is not a government agency. It is a nonprofit, charitable organization and relies on donations from private citizens and corporations.
- More than 25,000 volunteers donate their time and talents.
- Service members and their families visit USO centers 5.3 million times each year.
- The USO runs more than 130 centers in 21 states and overseas in Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Qatar, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guam, and Kuwait.
To support the USO
To make a donation by check, by telephone, or online, click here. Donations are tax-deductible.
Just as valuable as donating money is donating your time. You get a unique perspective by working in your local USO. For example, watching a group of tired young men and women dropping at 1 am to the USO at Los Angeles airport, grateful for place to relax, eat (free), and call home – hanging out until their 11 am (or 9 pm) flight out.
Whether helping a soldier with a connecting flight, distributing a Care Package, serving snacks with a smile, providing local information, or “welcoming home” troops from deployment, USO volunteers are vital to the success of the USO’s mission. While the duties of a volunteer may vary, the goal is always the same – to improve the quality of life of service members, to boost their morale and to serve as the link between service members and the American people.
If you are interested in becoming a USO volunteer, please visit the locations directory to contact the USO center nearest you.
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