The USO is an amazing organization that provides a wide array of services to active duty service members, their families and veterans.
As part of the Patriot Institute’s unwavering commitment to America’ military, we support this great group: the USO!
As our troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, the USO was there. These great and selfless people set up stations at the way stations as our men and women traveled to provide a place of comfort, a hot cup of coffee, snacks and even free cell phones so our service men and women could call home.
The USO provides needed places of rest and comfort at many of the main airports across the United States and the world. These offer precious spaces of refuge where traveling Soldiers can find a quiet place for sleep, a safe place to put their bags, watch a movie and be among friends. The USO has been there for our military.
But they do so much more!
Their Mission of Connection
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
97% of service members and families surveyed agree that “the USO boosts the morale of troops.”
Keeping Them Connected
Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, homes and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve.
Just some of the programs the USO offers:
Couples Seminars: Stronger Families
Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program
Operation That’s My Dress
Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery
Sesame Street FAQ
Comfort Crew for Military Kids
The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families
USO Transition Services
When Americans complete their military service, the USO is there to support the transition back to civilian life. Those leaving the military need a plan to reintegrate into the communities they are returning to, a civilian career path and a strong family. USO Transition Services exists to help the nearly half a million service members and their families who start the process of transitioning out of the military each year. Designed to help the young, single service member, as well as the 25-year careerist with a family, USO Transition Services is a roadmap to help navigate whatever transition journey lies ahead.
250,000 Service members will transition into civilian communities each year during the next four years.
Services Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members
A Continuum of Care
Recovering from a battlefield injury, training accident or even a long illness is a daunting prospect for service members and their loved ones. The USO provides a backbone of support. From our Warrior Center in Landstuhl Germany, to our two USO Warrior and Family Centers at major military hospital facilities in the Washington, D.C., area, service members and their families get the things they need in a nurturing environment. Also, our Caregivers Seminars provide vital links to information, programming and community support for the healing families.
Families of the Fallen
After the Ultimate Sacrifice
When service members make the ultimate sacrifice for their country, we are there for their families. The USO has supported every dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base since March 1991, often making special travel accommodations for grieving families in transit at our airport centers around the world. The USO also supports the families through partnerships with organizations like the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Fisher House.
The USO provides indespensible assistance to our military! Veterans transitioning to civilian life, and our retired military should keep the USO at the top of the list of those great organizations in America who stands beside our service men and women, through thick and thin, all across the world!