USO Support for the Ukraine Crisis

The USO is busy providing critical support to our troops responding to events in Ukraine and around the world, but we need your generosity to continue these efforts.

The Current Situation in Ukraine and Eastern Europe

Russia has invaded and launched several attacks across Ukraine after amassing approximately 160,000-190,000 troops and artillery along the Ukrainian border. In response to Russia’s continued escalations, the United States Department of Defense has deployed and repositioned thousands of U.S. troops throughout Europe – including locations such as Poland, Romania and Germany – in support of our NATO allies and Ukraine. There are now approximately 100,000 American service members either deployed or permanently stationed in Europe.

Service members activated to the region are dealing with different challenges than in other recent conflicts:

  • Amid persistent winter weather, the climate in Eastern Europe can be frigid and harsh, leaving service members chilled.
  • To preserve operational security, most service members deployed without their cell phones or laptops, and now have no way of contacting loved ones back home.
  • For the families that remain stateside, the sudden departure of their loved ones can be an intensely worrying time.

What is the USO Doing to Support Service Members in Eastern Europe?

USO staff and volunteers in the United States and Europe are working around the clock to keep our military strong, revitalized and connected to loved ones during deployments by delivering helpful resources through USO programs. This includes:

  • Providing Wi-Fi and call centers to keep service members connected to family, home, and country. This is particularly important for the thousands of troops in Eastern Europe who otherwise have no access to cell phones and laptops.
  • Distributing USO Care Packages, which come in two varieties: Hygiene Kits with essential toiletries and Snack Packs with food that will remind them of home. These packages ensure service members feel supported and valued by their country.
  • Sending USO2GO and portable boxed programs to military units on the move. These packages include snacks, toiletries, games and sports equipment to keep troops entertained while giving them much-needed opportunities for relaxation so they can recharge and then focus on the mission at hand.
  • Providing hot meals to deployed service members, as well as their families at home.
  • Giving service members a place to relax at physical USO locations throughout Europe, including a newly opened center in Poland and unstaffed centers in Eastern Europe.
  • Delivering thousands of blankets, beanies and hand warmers to those operating in extremely cold environments.
  • Supporting military families on the home front with community-building activities, opportunities to communicate with deployed loved ones and other essential resources.

Images From the Front Lines

  • Deploying Service Members

    Service members go wherever the call of duty takes them.

  • Connecting to Home

    Our troops reconnect with loved ones while deployed via USO Wi-Fi and call centers.

  • Reading to Kids Back Home

    Troops use the USO Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program to read bedtime stories to their children at home.

  • Boosting Morale

    Service members unwind after a hard day’s work with USO programs and events.

  • Care Packages from Home

    The USO delivers USO Care Packages – and, by extension, a gesture of gratitude from the American people – to deployed troops.

  • Hot Meals on the Front Lines

    Service members enjoy a warm meal, even when thousands of miles from home.

  • A Place to Recharge

    In austere like Eastern Europe, front-line USO centers provide service members with a comfortable place to relax and recharge at the end of a long shift.

  • Keeping Spirits High and Hands Warm

    With temperatures well below freezing, troops stay warm with USO-provided blankets, hats, hand warmers and hot beverages.

Eastern Europe: Updates From the Field

Below are Reports From the Field, with regular updates from USO staff and volunteers who are boots-on-the-ground in countries such as Germany and Poland, working in support of our nation’s military.

Thank you to Our Partners

Thank you to our partners for helping us keep our service members around the world connected to family, home and country.

  • Wells Fargo National
  • National Football League
  • Marathon Petroleum
  • Giant Food
  • Mitchell and Amy Scott and Collum’s Lumber Products, LLC
  • Washington Commanders
  • Prudential
  • Semper Fi & America’s Fund
  • Duke Energy
  • Raytheon I&S
  • First Trust Portfolios L.P.
  • Biella Foundation
  • Joseph Blady
  • Safeway Eastern Division Foundation
  • Google
  • BAE Systems
  • Juniper Networks

*Header image: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Meleesa Gutierrez

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