- About Us
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
For over 77 years, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.
Today’s USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. We operate USO centers at or near military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even un-staffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy.
USO airport centers throughout the country offer around-the clock hospitality for traveling service members and their families. Our trademark USO tours bring America and its celebrities to service members who are assigned far from home, to entertain them and convey the support of the nation. And our many specialized programs offer a continuum support to service members throughout their journey of service, from the first time they don the uniform until they last time they take it off.
The USO is not part of the federal government. A congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish our mission of connection.
Just prior to the onset of America’s involvement in World War II in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to unite several service associations into one organization to lift the morale of our military and nourish support on the home front. Those entities – the Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board - became the United Service Organizations or, the USO.
Today, the USO has continued to support our nation’s military and their families for over seven decades as they defend our country and its freedoms. By providing support to our servicemen and women as they perform their most challenging duties around the world, our credo is to be always by their side.
The reach of the USO’s more than 200 centers extends to countries on every continent, operated by thousands of staff and volunteers whose goals are to match our service members’ vigilance and provide best-in-class service to those who sacrifice so much for America.
Led by CEO and President Dr. J.D. Crouch II, the USO’s staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers operate more than 200 centers worldwide. This team, along with the USO Board of Governors, brings knowledge and expertise essential to the USO’s ability to deliver high-quality programs and services to our men and women in uniform, wherever they serve.
- Dr. J.D. Crouch II, CEO & President
- Paul G. Allvin, Senior Vice President, Brand Advancement
- Lisa Turner Anastasi, Senior Vice President, Development and Chief Development Officer
- Tammy L. Heiser, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
- Lorie Hennessey, Senior Vice President, Entertainment
- Virginia H. Johnson, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and External Affairs
- Philip A. Parisi, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
- Alan J. Reyes, Senior Vice President, Operations and Programs
- USO Board of Governors
USO Congressional Caucus
The USO Congressional Caucus was formed in 2003 to enhance the outreach efforts of the American people to U.S. service members and their families, providing another critical link between service members and their representatives. Bipartisan and bicameral, the caucus brings together members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives who have a mutually shared interest in supporting and improving the lives of our service members and their families.
With more than 200 members, the USO Congressional Caucus unites our leaders and helps strengthen the bridge that supports our military by keeping America’s service members connected to family, home and country.
The USO Congressional Caucus is led by Rep. Tim Walz (DFL-MN), who serves as Honorary Co-Chair. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) serve as Co-Chairs.
More from the USO
Feb 15, 2018
7 Ways WWII Soldiers Shaped Outdoor Sports in America
If you're watching the Winter Olympics you've certainly seen American alpine star Mikaela Shiffrin race down mountains and snowboarder Chloe Kim ride to a gold medal in the women's halfpipe. They're amazing athletes whose names are recognized around the world, but the names of the mountain men who helped popularize outdoor sports in the 1940s are not as famous.
Feb 9, 2018
Combat Cooking with USO Camp Arifjan: Chocolate Cookies
For the next installment of Combat Cooking, the USO Camp Arifjan team in Kuwait shared their coveted chocolate cookie recipe and offered a few tips and tricks for whipping up these homemade treats in a non-traditional kitchen like the one at the USO center.