USO Centers from Italy to Oahu have been busy! Check out our news and notes from allover…
As you know, USO Hawaii was recently honored at the State Capitol of Honolulu with a State Senate Proclamation. Over 100 individuals were in attendance, including a majority from both Senate and Lower House, USO Hawaii corporate and community supporters, volunteers and USO Hawaii Advisory Council members.
USO Hawaii will also be hosting its inaugural USO Gala Tribute on April 16th! Honolulu’s historic Washington Place, the former residence of a dozen of Hawai’i governors and the last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani, will be hosting. Proceeds will be used to support program and morale services for our military and their families. Expected to attend are command, flag officers, and enlisted military personnel from various service branches on the islands. Governor Lingle will deliver a congratulatory message at the Gala Tribute, with LTG Benjamin Mixon as Keynote Speaker. Tickets are still available; call the center for more details!
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There’s a new T-wall at Camp Virginia, Kuwait. The staff wanted to honor and encourage the volunteers, so volunteers were asked to create and pain their own wall. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your hard work, dedication, assistance, friendship and love - you did an awesome job with the T-wall!
USO Vicenza recently celebrated their grand reopening with food, refreshments, and a cake cutting. AFN was present to cover the event (see the video below) as was the USAG Vicenza Outlook newspaper.
Manager Glenn Gibbs welcomed everyone to “their” Center. The literal reopening of the doors, symbolized the reopening of a Center that belongs to the community. We’re so proud of USO Vicenza’s continued commitment to serving their neighbors and our troops!
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Jul 20, 2016
'We’re Here for the Soldiers’: How One Volunteer Couple Answered the Call to Serve at USO Fort Hood
Anne Cosper always wanted to volunteer at the USO. So when her daughter, who currently serves in the U.S. Army, was reassigned to Fort Hood – only an hour drive from her Georgetown, Texas, home – she decided it was the perfect opportunity to get involved at the USO center on base.
Jul 20, 2016
How USO SeaTac’s ‘Banana’ Bob Got His Nickname
Bob Harris first began volunteering at the USO Northwest Seattle-Tacoma International Airport center in 2013. Shortly after he started, he was asked if he’d be interested in picking up donated bananas and bringing them to the airport center once a week. It wasn’t long after his first delivery that Bob realized the donations runs had earned him a new nickname.