This September, we’ve helped treat recovering troops to an exclusive meet-and-greet, distributed tickets for an exclusive basketball game and brought some accomplished cartoonists downrange to create some exclusive drawings.
Here’s a look at a few USO news items - from New York to Ohio and all the way to Afghanistan - that have happened the last few weeks:
Jon Stewart Hosts Recovering Troops During USO Visit
[caption id=“attachment_10005” align=“aligncenter” width=“600”] A group of wounded, ill and injured troops and their guests meet with “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, center, in New York City on Thursday. Stewart hosted the USO outing. USO photo[/caption]
Jon Stewart, the popular anchor of Comedy Central’s long-running “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” hosted a USO contingent of wounded, ill and injured troops at the show’s New York City studio on Thursday. Comedians from “The Daily Show” - including summer interim host John Oliver - recently visited troops downrange, too.
Cleveland Cavaliers Turn Annual Exhibition into Military-Only Event
The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers’ annual Wine and Gold game - the intra-squad scrimmage that traditionally kicks off their preseason - will be a private event this year for troops and their families. Tickets for the game, which will be played at Baldwin Wallace University, will be distributed through the USO of Northern Ohio.
Toons for the Troops in Afghanistan
[caption id=“attachment_10007” align=“aligncenter” width=“405”] Army Spc. Jovi Prevot of the Mississippi Army National Guard has his caricature made by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez on Sept. 6 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Tynes[/caption]
A group of eight National Cartoonist Society artists visited troops in Afghanistan on a USO tour earlier this month. See this DVIDS story for more details.
More from the USO
Oct 18, 2016
Making the Terminal Come Alive: USO’s Unique Approach at Sigonella Gives Deploying Service Members a Much-Needed Escape
With little space for a traditional center – and weary military travelers often spreading throughout the terminal for hours while waiting for training flights or deployments – the USO spread its services throughout the terminal at NAS Sigonella.