Every Moment Counts

Every Moment Counts

Every Moment Counts - USOmoments.orgAs Americans celebrate and reflect on Veterans Day, the USO recognizes the selflessness and dedication that our troops and their families display daily in service to our country. 

To honor them, the USO has created Every Moment Counts to highlight the moments that matter most for our troops and their loved ones and to encourage Americans to help make new moments possible for military families to cherish for years to come. Help us express America's gratitude by learning more about their daily lives, spreading awareness of their commitment to our nation and supporting the USO's efforts in creating meaningful expressions of thanks that bring warmth and appreciation to our nation's troops and military families.

Check back with us and this page through Veterans Day to learn about the exciting events that will be taking place around the country.

We ask you to consider supporting our Every Moment Counts initiative and learn more about events that are taking place around the world at USOmoments.org.


Making Moments Count

CHICAGO: Marines Get First-Class Treatment for Journey 

Nov. 4: 13 Marines on the tail end of a five-day trip home from Afghanistan were treated to a wonderful surprise, thanks to USO of Illinois. Read the story. 

NEW YORK: Yankees Provide Relief With USO Care Package Service Event 

Nov. 7: The baseball season may have ended but the New York Yankees are still pitching in to support the USO. Manager Joe Girardi and former pitcher David Cone and USO of Metropolitan New York welcomed over 150 volunteers at Yankee Stadium's Great Hall to assemble approximately 5,000 care packages for servicemen and women serving overseas. The USO Big Apple Packs are headed to forward operating bases in Afghanistan. Watch the video. 

NEW YORK: Extreme Outdoor Challenge to Benefit Wounded Troops 

Nov. 8: With support from the USO, a rough-and-ready pack of adventurers is raising money for a sojourn to the South Pole. Their trek is aimed at raising awareness for fellow wounded servicemen and women by partnering with Walking with the Wounded. The U.S. members of the South Pole Allied Challenge (SPAC) team stopped by the Cornell Club for a luncheon to launch two months of fundraising. See the video.

LAS VEGAS: A "Salute" on the Strip 

Nov. 8-10: With "Salute to the Troops," Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas played host to several military families for a weekend of entertainment and relaxation. Thanks to the support of American Airlines and MGM Resorts International, the USO was proud to provide a fun holiday to remember for some of our servicemen and women and their loved ones.

PHOENIX: NASCAR, USO Brings an Airman Back to His Family in Style 

Nov. 10: With deployment comes long stretches away from loved ones. For one serviceman, it’s been over two years since he had seen his family. Thanks to a partnership with NASCAR, the USO was able to make their reunion a truly memorable one. See how Technical Sgt. Chad Boley’s special Sunday played out. 

NEW YORK: Supporters Stride in Support of Veterans 

Nov. 10: USO of Metropolitan New York hosted the USO Remembrance Walk (5K) to honor our nation's servicemen and women, present and past. All proceeds benefited USO programs that troops and military families enjoy on a daily basis. Learn more about the event. 

WORLDWIDE: Skype Continues to Connect Military Families for Life’s Memorable Moments 

Nov. 10: Nov. 10: Across the globe, USO centers have utilized the video connective services of Skype to strengthen bonds between deployed servicemen and women and their families back home. Sunday’s edition of the CBS Evening News reported on how important this line of communication has been for military families. Watch the video. 

NEW YORK: One Troop's Unforgettable Holiday 

Nov. 11: USO Coast Guardsman of the Year Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel A. Peikert was able to get his girlfriend, Jackie Fairchild, to New York City for some Veterans Day festivities, with ABC’s “Good Morning America” providing the backdrop. Enter popular recording artist Jason Derulo and the stage was set for a moment they will never forget. Read more about the event, listen to the couple's comments and see the actual proposal.

TAMPA: Troops Turn Out for Tailgate 

Nov. 11: USO Tampa Bay and Mobile USO got the troops posted in their area ready for the Bucaneers' appearance on Monday Night Football with a tasty tailgate. The free grub and good times provided a heartfelt thank you to the servicemen and women and helped spread awareness for the Every Moment Counts campaign. Learn more about the event. 

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