United Service Organizations
|Founded||4 February 1941|
|Key people||Sloan D. Gibson|
President and CEO
|Area served||140 centers worldwide|
|Focus||morale, welfare, recreational support for US military personnel and families|
|Motto||Until Every One Comes Home|
The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) offers recreational support for members of the U.S. military. The USO provides programs in 140 centers worldwide funded by private and public donations and support from the United States Department of Defense. It is not a government agency.
USO Tours[change | change source]
USO works to boost military morale. Since 1941, the USO became the soldier's "home away from home" and began a tradition of entertaining the troops with live performances called Camp Shows that continues today. These "tours" typically feature big name actors or actresses, comedians, pop musicians, and pin-up models.
Support and services[change | change source]
The USO serves both in time of war and during time of peace. During the 1990s, the USO provided services to 5 million active duty service members and their families, and more support after start of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
References[change | change source]
- "Our Proud History: Important Dates in USO History". USO Web Site. USO Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-17.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to United Service Organizations.|
- Official website
- USO Clubs in World War II
- Re-enacted WWII tour, from Jolson Sings Again (1949) at YouTube
- President Bush speech USO World Gala, 2008: Text and video, Oct. 1, 2008