- How We Help
The USO’s tradition of supporting service members stretches back to our beginnings in 1941. In an effort to boost our military’s morale, the USO regularly teams up with our country’s biggest stars to stage comedy shows, concerts, meet-and-greets, unit visits and other interactive events for our service members and their families stationed stateside and overseas. The USO makes it possible to bring entertainment and music to the doorsteps of America’s troops and their families.
While the entertainment industry has changed a lot over the years, a few things have not: today’s servicemen and women still long for family, home and country and they are uplifted and inspired when their personal heroes volunteer time to participate on a USO Entertainment Tour. Whether it’s sitting down to share a meal or interacting with service members amid base activities, USO Entertainment Tours provide an unmatched experience of bringing a touch of home to troops and their families around the globe.
Thousands of entertainers have donated their time and talents to embark on life-changing USO tour experiences and show their support for America’s military members throughout their service - on the front lines, with their loved ones, in transition and in remembrance. USO Entertainment supports America’s service members and their families by keeping them connected to the people, places and things they love.
Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families
Since 2008, the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, the longest running entertainment tour in USO history, has delivered comfort and laughter to thousands of military families based stateside and around the world. The shows are dedicated to helping children and parents navigate the unique challenges of military life and the special dilemmas they face that sometimes require the love and support of others. Kids are able to sing and dance with their favorite Sesame Street characters while bringing their moms and dads along for the fun. The tour has evolved to meet the changing needs and challenges our military families face and the current shows focus on moving and the transition to civilian life.
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Mar 20, 2017
Deployed Service Members ‘Break Free from Reality’ at USO Bagram's Paint and Sip Program
Before 2016, the last time Army Sgt. Derek Peterson picked up a paint brush was in high school – which, he admits, was quite a few years ago. “I would like to be [considered an artist],” Peterson said. “But I hadn’t done any real art since [then].” So, when Peterson heard about the USO Southwest Asia’s two new art programs – Paint and Sip and Art on Tap -- during a recent deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, he knew it was the perfect opportunity to get back to his creative roots