Brush Up on Your Independence Day History Before Celebrating on July 4While the date July 4, 1776, is ingrained in most of our memories, here are some cool facts you may not know about the history of Independence Day.
Mar 19, 2020
USO CEO's Response to COVID-19
For over 79 years, the USO has always been by the side of our military, from peaceful times to heightened conflicts. Yet today, we are all navigating new territory with COVID-19. Nevertheless, our teams are developing and rapidly deploying alternative methods to deliver our best in class support, all while ensuring the health and safety of everyone. Every day provides a new set of unique challenges and we will persevere to find a way to be there for our Armed Forces.
Mar 13, 2020
5 Ways the USO is Still Supporting Service Members During the Coronavirus Pandemic
With the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the USO has temporarily suspended all USO Airport location operations in the United States in order to maintain safe environments and avoid unnecessary risks of exposure - but we remain committed to our mission. Here's how the USO is still supporting service members and military families all around the world throughout the outbreak.
Mar 12, 2020
How is the U.S. Military Equipped to Fight Diseases Like Coronavirus?
It’s no secret that the U.S. military is the largest fighting force in the world. But many civilians might not realize that thousands of service members are highly trained in exactly the types of skills needed to provide humanitarian aid during a major biological threat, like the coronavirus.
Mar 10, 2020
9 World-Famous Women of World War II and Beyond Who Are a Part of USO History
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re looking back at some of the famous females who have helped shape the history of the USO. From World War II to today, these nine women are just a few of the many who have traveled near and far to entertain service members at home and abroad.
Mar 9, 2020
From Alaska to Hawaii, Service Members and Military Families Kick Back at Vice Chairman’s Tour Shows
Comedian Matt Walsh, film writer Brad Morris, screenwriter Scot Armstrong, Bellator Mixed Martial Arts Women’s Flyweight World Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, DJ J.Dayz and the band LOCASH joined Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John E. Hyten and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ramón “CZ” Colón-López on a USO tour to Alaska and Hawaii.
Mar 6, 2020
Marine Corps Celebrates the Barrier-Breaking Female Marines in its Ranks in Honor of Women’s History Month
Women have been serving in the Marine Corps since World War I, but only recently were allowed to serve in ground combat positions. In honor of Women's History Month this March, the Marine Corps is celebrating all of the barrier-breaking female Marines who have served.
Mar 5, 2020
Why Marlene Dietrich Was One of the Most Patriotic Women in World War II
Actress. Singer. Spy. USO Tour Veteran. Marlene Dietrich was many things, but to soldiers in World War II, she was a morale-boosting entertainer willing to go right to the front lines to support our nation’s military. Here are five ways Dietrich supported American troops – and the USO – during World War II.
Feb 27, 2020
How One Soldier Paved a Path to Life Beyond the Military with USO Pathfinder®
Finding a job after the military can be a stressful and challenging experience for service members who are unfamiliar with the civilian workplace. Luckily for one Army soldier, the USO Pathfinder program was there to help him navigate the process.
Feb 26, 2020
In World War I, African American 'Hellfighters from Harlem,' Fought Prejudice to Fight for Their Country
Before the Tuskegee Airmen, there were the "Hellfighters from Harlem," a group of African American National Guard Soldiers of New York's 15th Infantry Regiment who fought for the right to serve in combat during World War I.
Feb 25, 2020
Military Spouses Say ‘Yes’ to a Special USO Coffee Connection Live with TLC’s Monte Durham
Monte Durham of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” is synonymous with all things weddings, fashion and southern charm. But did you know he also has a special connection with the U.S. military and the USO?
Feb 24, 2020
Here's How The First USO Centers Were Created
This was the plan in early 1941: America would provide aid and some comforts of home for its swelling military ranks. The government would build and lease buildings and citizens would staff and fund centers through the newly formed USO. It happened that way... some of the time.
Feb 21, 2020
How One Deployed Soldier Found a Way to Surprise His Active-Duty Son, Half a Continent Away
When this father-son duo simultaneously deployed to different European locations in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the last thing anyone expected was for the father to surprise his son at his promotion ceremony half a continent away.
Feb 19, 2020
Military Families Can Stretch Their Budget Thanks to USO No Dough Dinners
Once a month, many military families struggle with making it from one paycheck to the next. And when “dough” runs a little low for these military families right before payday, they can sometimes be limited to eating cheap and often-unhealthy food options. That’s where USO No Dough Dinners come in to support the military community.
Feb 11, 2020
Soldiers in Vilseck, Germany Say 'Willkommen' to Cavalry Corner Rec Center, Thanks to USO and Partners
Thanks to donors like you, soldiers living on Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany can say "auf wiedersehen" to trekking 25 minutes to Grafenwoehr to enjoy free wi-fi and other recreational amenities, thanks to a new 24-hour facility opened by the 2d Cavalry Regiment, the USO and the American Red Cross.
Feb 7, 2020
In 'Share Your Service Story' Contest, Service Members Could Win a $5K Scholarship that Honors the Legacy of a Tuskegee Commander
In honor of African American History Month, commissary and exchange patrons can enter the “Share Your Service Story” social media contest, sponsored by Coca-Cola in partnership with the USO and Mondelēz International, that honors the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen commander, Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
Feb 6, 2020
How USO Volunteers Are Keeping Soldiers' Spirits High During Alaska Winters
It can be difficult to keep morale high among soldiers training in freezing Alaskan winters, especially on Mondays. So, USO volunteers decided to pull out the big guns – specifically, super soakers filled with coffee.
Feb 3, 2020
6 Moments of Bravery in African American Military History
In celebration of Black History Month and in honor of all the brave black men and women who have served our country with valor and distinction, the USO is taking a moment to shine a light on the astonishing bravery of six African American service members who went above and beyond the call of duty.
Feb 2, 2020
Football Fans and Transitioning Service Members Win Big with USO at NFL Super Bowl Experience
The USO was at the Super Bowl Experience in Miami to share the mission of the organization with NFL football fans and, along with USAA and FedEx, deliver two transitioning service members free Super Bowl LIV tickets.
Feb 1, 2020
How Are Troops Celebrating the Super Bowl Around the World?
Tomorrow, thousands of service members and military families will gather at USO locations around the world to watch Super Bowl LIV. No matter where their service takes them, the USO is there to provide our military with a little touch of home through tailgate parties, food and live-streaming of the big game.
Feb 1, 2020
How One Soldier’s USO Pathfinder® Journey Landed Him at the Super Bowl, Thanks to USAA
One Army soldier overcame the challenges of transitioning out of the military to civilian life with the help of the USO Pathfinder® program, through which he was also gifted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend Super Bowl LIV for free courtesy of USAA, in partnership with the USO.