Backstage at the USO Honors Service Members and Military SupportersThe USO brought a night of laughter and entertainment to service members and supporters in Washington, D.C., at "Backstage at the USO," a variety show, starring actor Wilmer Valderrama, comedian Paula Poundstone and country star Brantley Gilbert.
Aug 12, 2019
Two Game-Changing Military Spouse Benefits: USO Coffee Connections and Military Spouse Networking Events
They don't wear camouflage or drive humvees, but military spouses serve in their own way. To help military spouses connect with each other and their community, the USO created Military Spouse Networking Events and Military Coffee Connections.
Aug 8, 2019
Why Marlene Dietrich Was One of the Most Patriotic Women in World War II
Actress. Singer. Spy. USO Tour Veteran. Marlene Dietrich was many things, but to soldiers in World War II, she was a morale-boosting entertainer willing to go right to the front lines to support our nation’s military. Here are five ways Dietrich supported American troops – and the USO – during World War II.
Aug 6, 2019
'I Don’t Ask for Anything in Return': Navy Veteran and USO Volunteer Connects Over Deployment Stories
USO Wisconsin volunteer Judy Adank has been part of the military family her whole life. From growing up as an Army brat, to serving in the Navy herself, it only made sense to turn the USO when she decided to start volunteering in her spare time.
Jul 29, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About the Military and Sharks for Discovery Shark Week 2019
As the longest-running cable television programming event in history, Shark Week has been terrifying and educating viewers on sharks since 1988. But did you know the U.S. military is also connected to these monsters of the deep?
Jul 28, 2019
Helping Wounded Warriors and Their Families Through Adaptive Sports and More at USO Warrior Week
USO Warrior Week, which is held in Virginia Beach, Fort Campbell, Kentucky and El Paso, is an annual event helping wounded warriors and their military families through free adaptive sports and other therapeutic recreational activities.
Jul 26, 2019
The True Story Behind the Coast Guard’s Only Medal of Honor Recipient
During World War II, Coast Guardsman Douglas Munro gave his life so a detachment of 500 Marines could live. He was honored with the Medal of Honor for his actions and is the only member of the Coast Guard awarded the medal.
Jul 25, 2019
Twin Sisters Enlist and Retire Together After 34 Year National Guard Career
Twin sisters who began their Army National Guard careers together, went to war in Afghanistan together and share a house together, are now planning their retirements from the New York Army National Guard together.
Jul 24, 2019
How One Military Bride Gave Back to the USO in Her Wedding Registry with Facebook Fundraisers
For most engaged couples, a wedding registry is an exciting chance to furnish and decorate their new home. But for newlyweds Ellie Daniels and Army Lt. Col. Kirk Daniels, they decided their wedding registry was a unique opportunity to use Facebook fundraising to give back to the USO.
Jul 23, 2019
‘Takes One Click’: Why This Navy and Marines Mom Hosted a USO Facebook Birthday Fundraiser
For her birthday this year, military mom Karin Frostholm wanted to do something different to honor her two active-duty sons. So, she started a Facebook birthday fundraiser for the USO, raising $297 for the military charitable organization that's always by the side of her family's two service members.
Jul 22, 2019
Is the USO a Nonprofit? Yes!
At the USO, we talk a lot about what we do, because we believe that the service members who we support are the ones that deserve the spotlight. However, we sometimes don’t talk enough about who we are as an organization and whether or not we are a nonprofit. The USO is in fact a nonprofit, non-government organization and we rely on generous donors like you to fuel our support of the nation’s military.
Jul 19, 2019
Celebrating 'One Giant Leap': Facts About the U.S. Military in Space in Honor of Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary
The military has a long and storied relationship with spaceflight and NASA. With July 20th marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, here’s a quick refresher on just how intertwined the military is with the U.S. space program.
Jul 18, 2019
50 Years after Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Army Doctor Takes 'Giant Leap' to Space
Fifty years after Neil Armstrong said, "One small leap for man, one giant leap for mankind," during the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, one U.S. Special Forces battalion surgeon will take the next giant leap into space.
Jul 17, 2019
During Deployments, Military Families Get a Night Off of Dinner Duty with USO Spangdahlem in Germany
Deployments can change everything in a military family's life. But research says the best thing military spouses can do to cope with partner’s absence is to reach out to military support organizations, like the USO, to help alleviate some of the small stressors in their life, like cooking dinner.
Jul 16, 2019
After Boot Camp, Hurricane Maria and Learning English, Puerto Rican Coast Guardsmen Builds a Career With the USCG
Seaman Rafael Omar Gomez Negron, a young, Spanish-speaking Coast Guardsmen from Puerto Rico, joined the military just before Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria devastated his island. From fearing the health of his family while enduring basic training to diligently learning English to advance his military career, this new Coastie, who now lives in Washington, D.C., is a determined member of the force.
Jul 15, 2019
'Old Ironsides,' Ozzy Osbourne and Operation Torch: 6 Things to Know About the Army's 1st Armored Division
The 1st Armored Division is the Army’s sole armored division, organized at Fort Knox, Kentucky on July 15, 1940. The unit, based near El Paso, fought on the battlefields of North Africa and Italy during World War II and even hosted Ozzy Osbourne as part of 2002 USO tour to South Korea.
Jul 12, 2019
Boot Camp, Deployments and Homecomings: How One Navy Family Leaned on the USO Every Step of the Way
From boot camp to PCS moves, deployments to homecomings, Jennifer Ohrvall, a Navy spouse and mom living at Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois has seen it all. So what's her secret weapon to taking all the ups and downs of military life in stride? The USO.
Jul 10, 2019
Newcomers PCSing to Kaiserslautern, Germany Get a Warm Welcome and Tour From the USO
For newcomers PCSing to Kaiserslautern, Germany, there's a fast, fun and free way to learn about their new home: the Ramstein Air Base Newcomers Tour, which is co-hosted by the USO, the 86th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center.
Jul 9, 2019
Skiing, Sen. Bob Dole and the Von Trapp Brothers: 10 Facts About the 10th Mountain Division
The 10th Mountain Division is the only unit of its size that is specially trained to operate in winter conditions and arctic terrain. It is among the most deployed units in the United States military.
Jul 9, 2019
Bringing 'Enjoyment to the Deployment': USO Tour Entertains Troops and Educates Performers Over 4th of July
Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, headed on a USO tour over the July 4th holiday with "Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik, singer Laura Bryna, comedian Anjelah Johnson, Ms. America 2019 Nia Franklin, "Seal Team" actress Toni Trucks, "The Voice" champ Cassadee Pope and former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Jul 8, 2019
Gen. Lengyel Embarks on USO Tour Overseas
Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, embarks on his first USO tour with "Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik, singer Laura Bryna, comedian Anjelah Johnson, Ms. America 2019 Nia Franklin, "Seal Team" actress Toni Trucks, "The Voice" champ Cassadee Pope and former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Jul 5, 2019
How a USO2GO Kit Transformed an Empty Room Into a Relaxing Oasis at Del Din
For soldiers stationed at the Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy, life outside of daily duties could be quiet and isolating with nowhere to socialize beyond their barracks. Without funds or resources to build an entirely new USO center, Army leadership got creative: they requested a USO2GO expeditionary kit and made a USO presence and community space for soldiers on base possible.
Jul 3, 2019
Brush Up on Your Independence Day History Before Celebrating on July 4
The Fourth of July makes us think of a lot of things: Barbeques. Parades. Fireworks. Lots of red, white and blue. Will Smith’s movie “Independence Day.” Oh yeah, and the freedom that our founding fathers declared to the world over 200 years ago.
Jul 2, 2019
13 Uniquely American Things to Do on July Fourth Weekend
American troops have served for more than two centuries to keep our nation free. And while we should always honor their sacrifices, it’s also important to take time to enjoy the freedoms they provide. Here are 13 ways you can do just that this July Fourth weekend.