The USO has basically been part of the armed forces for over 75 years and has been the nation’s leading organization in serving the men and women in the U.S. military and their families. They have been there from the time I joined through assignments I have had overseas and throughout all of my deployments. The USO continues to adapt to the needs of military members and their families.
What Is the USO
The USO stands for United Service Organization. The USO is an amazing organization that supports military members in a variety of ways. The organization’s mission is to connect soldiers with family, home, and country. The United Service Organization is an independent organization that is not funded by the government but by individuals, other organizations, and corporations. The USO provides support to many of our service members.
The History of the USO
In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt united several service organizations into one to lift the morale of our military and to bring support to the home front. Thus began the USO. Their support since that day has provided over 7 decades of service to our military members and their families. Their heritage is simple as the creed “always by their side,” and they will remain there until they all come home.
Locations of the USO
The USO has over 160 centers worldwide and extends to every continent except Antarctica. They are mainly operated by thousands of staff and volunteers whose goals are to match the service members’ vigilance and provide world-class service to those who defend and sacrifice for our freedom. The USO has even set up locations in combat zones to provide support to military service members.
What They Do
In my years in the military, I have had the distinct pleasure of spending hours in a USO whether here in the United States or waiting on a plane to leave from Bagram.
They have been there with computers and phones to bring soldiers closer to their family and their family closer to them.
Their days are long and their nights are short, and they spend hours each day providing service members with everything from snacks to razors and soap.
It seems to me that whatever battle or war we have been in, the USO has been there to answer the call with sponsored activities and movies to watch. They have been there supporting the service members. It doesn’t matter which one you have been in; when you go there, you see plenty of smiles and relaxation for each member. They continue to raise the bar and be the number one non-military support entity.
I would like to extend sincere gratitude to each staff member and volunteer of the USO. You’re like no other people I have ever met, always going the extra mile for each of us. You have made great sacrifices for us, so that we may continue to defend and protect America’s freedom. Thank you for over 7 decades of service, support, commitment, and dedication to the armed forces and its family members.