About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
Since 1941, 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.
Our Global Impact
12.7M Connections Worldwide
Through USO Gaming, service members can forge bonds with fellow service members, stay connected to loved ones back home and take time to recharge through the simple act of playing a video game. Research shows that gaming can help service members in everything from improving teamwork to battling mental illness, making this program crucial to the wellness and morale of our nation’s military.
USO Gaming Centers are outfitted with top-of-the-line screens and consoles, designed specifically so that groups of service members can play games – and bond – together. Meanwhile, USO Gaming Tournaments allow service members to build relationships with other gamers, keep in touch with friends and family, or even just remain connected to life beyond the military, all of which helps ease the isolation that many service members face on deployment or at remote duty stations.
For many of our service members, the escapism of video games can allow them to forget – just for a moment – the stress and responsibility of their daily missions. In the midst of life on the front lines, your support of USO Gaming helps provide our military with a moment of normalcy and a brief respite from the pressure of their service to this nation.
Follow USO Gaming on Twitter (@USOgg) to learn more about program updates and events.
How You Can Help
Use your gaming skills for good and strengthen America’s service members by starting a fundraiser for the USO today.
How to Start Your Charity Stream for the USO
- Create an account with Tiltify and start fundraising by clicking this link
- Add a donation panel to your streaming platform with a link to your fundraising page.
- Share the mission, rally your followers and ask for donations.
- Make it your own. Add fun rewards and milestones you know your chat will love.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is the USO an agency of the United States Government?
The USO is a nonprofit, charitable corporation chartered by Congress that relies on donations from individuals, organizations and corporations to support its programs. It is not an agency of the United States Government. However, every president has been the Honorary Chairman of the USO since 1941. Learn more about the history of the USO.
What does USO stand for?
USO stands for United Service Organizations. Find out about the origins of the name.
Where do I get overlays to use during my livestream to raise funds for the USO?
You can find all our assets associated with your livestream to raise funds here.
Note: Our legal team requires us to tell you that by using our overlays you agree to some things. They are largely harmless, but we want to always be transparent and forthright, so please find that here.
Can I use my own overlays instead of the USO overlays?
If you are streaming to raise money for the USO, we’d love it if you use our overlays to help create awareness for our mission, but it is not required.
Can a USO representative visit our livestream or join our streaming event?
We are not able to accept all invites to streaming events, but will consider them as we have availability. For any requests associated with having a USO representative join you, please email [email protected].
Do you have some talking points about the USO we can use while we are conducting our fundraiser?
Yes, you can find all our talking points here.
How can I volunteer for the USO?
Volunteers play a crucial role at the USO. Volunteers provide hundreds of thousands of hours of service across the organization. Find out more information about how to get involved here.