An overwhelming number of respondents to the 2013 TellUSO Sound Off Survey agreed the USO boosts their morale.
More than 29,000 volunteers gave 1.5 million hours last year in service of troops and families. Eighty percent of USO volunteers polled cited "interaction with troops and their families" as their greatest reward.
USO trained and supported 1,591 troops through 95 USO/Hire Heroes USA workshops and Career Opportunity Days.
The USO provided 10 million moments to troops and their families worldwide through center visits, programming and local services.
BNSF is the first Presenting Sponsor for USO employment initiatives, contributing a minimum of $2.5 million over the next three years.
Since it began in 2008, more than 400,000 families have seen the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families tour, which addresses the challenges of being a military family.
95% of 2013 TellUSO Sound Off Survey respondents agreed that the USO “shows my country supports me.”
The Coca-Cola Company, a USO partner since 1941, helped the USO bring "a touch of home" to troops and their families through their global support of in-kind product donations, programs for military families, wounded troops and troops in transition, and media donations to promote the USO story to new audiences.
The USO deployed 123 celebrity entertainers on 103 tours to 15 states and 24 countries - including 13 tours to combat zones – lifting the spirits of more than 254,000 troops and families. Highlights included Toby Keith's 11th USO tour, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders' 77th USO tour and Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band's 62nd USO tour.
The USO, in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, supported the Navy Yard Community when it co-hosted a "Concert of Healing" for 1,950 attendees.
The Kroger Co. Family of Stores' Honoring our Heroes campaign raised nearly $3.2 million in support of USO programs and services. Kroger's commitment to helping the community allows the USO to honor our heroes where they live and serve.
In 2013, the USO received more than $2 million from JCPenney, thanks to their customers "rounding up" their purchase totals during the month of December.
Jeep® launched Operation Safe Return, a multi-dimensional marketing campaign, which raised $1.9 million in cash and budget relieving in-kind vehicles.
Through the USO's free phone service, troops in Southwest Asia made 2.3 million calls totaling nearly 21 million minutes, allowing troops to connect with loved ones back home.
USO and Stronger Families hosted more than 30 Oxygen couples seminars, supporting more than 500 attendees. 93% of all family attendees felt that the information they learned during Oxygen Seminars was relevant to their circumstances, would help make their relationships more resilient, and assist them during the reintegration process.
The USO delivered 160 USO2GO shipments to remote locations worldwide, supporting nearly 25,000 troops.
The USO and Barbecue for the Troops spokesperson, Chef Jennifer Behm, rallied communities, individuals, organizations and companies across the country to host barbecue fundraisers to support USO programs and services that troops and military families need and want most.
The USO recognized Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, a USO volunteer at Okinawa's Camp Hansen, for his dedicated service to the USO, his creation of new programming and his ability to inspire young service men and women to help each other and their families.
USO and the What to Expect Foundation hosted four Special Delivery baby shower events and supported more than 380 expectant military moms. 98% of all participants agreed that the baby shower events made them feel supported.
Deployment is part of life for our troops. Still, 94% of TellUSO Sound Off Survey respondents agreed the USO "eases my separation from family and friends."
The With You All the Way! tour traveled to 120 locations and connected with more than 35,000 kids.