United Service Organization (USO)

The USO is chartered by the Congress as a non-profit charitable corporation, it is not a part of the United States Government. It is endorsed by the President of the United States and the Department of Defense. Each President has been the Honorary Chairman of the USO since its inception.

The USO mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military Personnel. The original intent of Congress—and enduring style of USO delivery—is to represent the American people by extending a "Touch of Home" to their military members. Thus, although some USO programs/services are similar to those provided by other agencies, the hallmark of the USO has been and will continue to be HOW--as much as WHAT--services are provided.

The USO currently operates 118 centers, including 5 mobile canteens around the world. Overseas centers located in Germany, Italy, France, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iceland, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, and the Virgin Islands. 33 independent affiliated USO corporations are located throughout the United States. An average of over 5,000,000 patrons are served annually.

For more information, or to contact United Service Organization (USO), see their website at: www.uso.org

» Recent News

USO Issues Statement Regarding the Death of Bob Hope
28 Jul 03 | The USO issued the following statement regarding the recent death of Bob Hope, the USO's tireless morale-booster for service men and women from World War II to the Gulf War: The USO joins the world today in saying goodbye to a true American hero.

White Directory Publishers Donates $25,000 to the USO to Support Our Troops
21 Jul 03 | White Directory Publishers – The Talking Phone Book – is donating $25,000 to the USO in recognition of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. The donation was designated by the Buffalo-based company's founder Wilbur D. Lewis.

The USO and AFE Take "The Terminator" to Visit Troops in the Persian Gulf for July 4th
02 Jul 03 | The USO and Armed Forces Entertainment are sending Arnold Schwarzenegger to visit with service members in the Persian Gulf for July 4th. During the tour, Schwarzenegger's new movie, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," will be screened.

ConAgra Foods Donates Bags of Snacks to the USO for Service Members Overseas
02 Jul 03 | The USO today announced that ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG), one of America's leading packaged food companies, has donated 100,000 bags of snacks to the USO to distribute to service members overseas.

Actor/Director Gary Sinise to Greet Service Members in Italy on USO/AFE Tour
01 Jul 03 | The USO and Armed Forces Entertainment will send actor and director Gary Sinise to visit service members in Italy July 2–9. During the visit, he will tour several bases, dine with the troops and sign autographs.



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