Support the USO – more help to our troops than a bumper sticker

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 this 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?

  1. The USO is not a government agency. It is a nonprofit, charitable organization and relies on donations from private citizens and corporations.
  2. More than 25,000 volunteers donate their time and talents.
  3. Service members and their families visit USO centers 5.3 million times each year.
  4. 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.

Click here for more information about the USO.  Click here to learn more about what they do to support our troops.

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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To read other articles about these things, see the FM reference page on the right side menu bar.  Of esp relevance to this topic:

Posts on the FM site with good news about America:

Good news: The Singularity is coming (again), 8 December 2007 — History tends to look better over longer time horizons. For example, consider one bit of good news: the Singularity is coming.

Some good news (one of the more important posts on this blog), 21 December 2007 –  I do not believe we need fear the future, despite the tough times coming soon.  This remains a great nation, not because of our past but because of us and our polity.  We differ from almost every other nation.  The difference consists of our commitment to our political order, of which our Constitution is the foundation.  In this we are like Athens more than our neighbors …

Washington’s Gift, 24 December 2007 — A summary of and link to an article by the author Thomas Fleming, published on the Opinion Page of the Wall Street Journal.

A crisis at the beginning of the American experiment, 27 December 2008 — Looking at the problems looming before us, it is easy to forget those of equal or greater danger that we have surmounted in the past.  

An important thing to remember as we start a New Year, 29 December 2007 — As we start a New Year I find it useful to review my core beliefs. It is easy to lose sight of those amidst the clatter of daily events. Here is my list…

Is America’s decline inevitable? No., 21 January 2008 – Why be an American if one has no faith in the American people?  How can you believe in democracy without that faith? 

Let us light a candle while we walk, lest we fear what lies ahead, 10 February 2008 — Many people look to the future with fear. We see this fear throughout the web. Right-wing sites describe the imminent end of America: overrun by foreigners, victim of cultural and financial collapse. Left-wing sites describe “die-off” scenarios due to Peak Oil, climate change, and ecological collapse – as the American dream dies from takeover by theocrats and fascists.  Most of this is nonsense, but not the prospect of massive changes in our world. But need we fear the future?

A happy ending to the current economic recession, 12 February 2008 — Sometimes we can see medium-term outcomes with greater clarity than short-term events or long-term trends.  In January 1942 none could forecast the events of the next 44 months, but it did not take an expert to see that the US would defeat Japan.  So it is with the current economic down cycle in America.

Fears of flying into the future, 25 February 2008 — Reasons we need not fear the future.

Experts, with wrinkled brows, warn about the future, 2 May 2008 — Experts often see the future with alarm, seeing the dangers but not benefits. That gets attention, from both the media and an increasingly fearful public. Both sides feed this process. It need not be so, as most trends contain the seeds of good and bad futures. This post considers two examples.

Peak Oil Doomsters debunked, end of civilization called off, 8 May 2008

Good news about the 21st century, a counterbalance to the doomsters, 9 May 2008

A snapshot of our engines of innovation, as they develop new energy sources, 12 May 2008 – There are many solutions under development to the energy crises.  These things just take time, even decades, to mature.

What does $120 oil mean for the global economy?, 15 May 2008

“America’s Greatest Weapon”, 25 May 2008

8 thoughts on “Support the USO – more help to our troops than a bumper sticker

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  2. liberty

    Thanks so much for this post.

    I have been volunteering with the USO for years and it is the most rewarding positive experience I can imagine. I can’t say enough good things about the organization. If anyone is looking for a great place to volunteer you can’t find a better place than with the USO.
    Fabius Maximus replies: Thank you on behalf of all Americans for donating your time to support our troops.


  3. Henry

    It’s good to read your encouraging words. I felt especially good since we wrote out a check to the USO yesterday, and it’s sitting in our mailbox waiting to be picked up today. It’s good to help good works!


  4. World Development

    It’s hard to understand why the US Military forces need to get popular support from American people. Have you ever been to
    the Arlington cemetery? Go there and have a look at the records. As far as I know very few American soldiers have lost
    life defending the American people from a foreign invasion.

    On the other hand American soldiers have fought wars all around the world trying to conquer places that belong to other people. It’s high time American soldiers start wondering exactly what they’re fighting for. It’s also high time that American people stop supporting their soldiers blindly out of superstitious patriotism.

    Supporting American soldiers today is conceptually the same as supporting Nazi Stormtroopers while they persecuted the
    Jews. Instead you have American military forces persecuting Muslims around the world.


  5. RJGatorEsq.

    World Development (Poster #5), thank you for your insights, and for providing us with the Al Quaeda point of view. I especially liked the part where you analogize my son (a Captain in Iraq) to a “Nazi Stormtrooper.”

    You are clearly one of the most intelligent Democrats out there. I would put your IQ right up there with that of Cynthia McKinney.

    As for me, I had a great year, so I’m stroking a check for $1,000. Thanks for the post, FM. Cheers.


  6. Brad Lowe

    I am a security contractor in Iraq and have witnessed what the USO does for the troops first hand and they are fantastic. I flew home a short time ago. I flew MilAir into Baltimore and when we got off the plane thier were a hundred people there cheering and each and everyone wanting to shake hands with the soldiers and thanking them for thier sacrifice. I was stunned. You could hear the cheering all the way across the terminal.

    Fabius Maximus replies: Thank you for this comment!


  7. senor tomas

    “I would put your IQ right up there with that of Cynthia McKinney.”

    And I would put the IQ of Cynthia McKinney (and her pal Danny Glover) right up there with that of O. J. Simpson. A gang of genuises indeed.

    Happy New Year.
    Fabius Maximus replies: My apologies to World Development for not catching and deleting that insult. While I do not agree with his comments, speculating about IQ’s (his, McKinney’s, Simpson’s) is not legitimate rebuttal on this site. Let’s start 2009 with a higher tone to the debate, please.



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