Many people have heard of the USO, the United Service Organization. I’d say mainly because of the entertainers that help boost the morale of the troops serving overseas. I can’t help thinking of Bob Hope when I think about the USO. The USO is more than entertainment though, it’s morale. “Until Every One Comes Home”®
Donations to the USO help bring home closer to the troops who are making the sacrifice of serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other forward operating bases around the world. From the USO, troops can expect serves such from entertainment tours to free phone cards to care packages full of much needed items.
Here is an example of items in a USO “Winter Box” care package given to troops thanks to financial support:
· Snowflake decorations and holiday lights
· Seasonal greeting cards
· Holiday CDs and DVDs
· Popcorn and other holiday treats and candy
· Hand and feet warmers
· Holiday-scented air fresheners
· New Year’s decorations
Other USO programs needing financial support include Families of the Fallen Support, MEGS, Mobile USO, Operation Speak Easy, Operation USO Care Package, Pro vs. GI Joe, Sesame Street Workshop, United Through Reading Military Program, USO in a Box, USO Operation Phone Home, USO Photo Book, USO Wounded Warriors, USO2GO, With You All the Way, USO Holiday Boxes, and other services.
The USO isn’t only in places you can’t see; there is a USO section in my local airport, Seattle-Tacoma (SEA), sponsored by the Puget Sound Area USO chapter . In each USO area there is a place to relax –not just with seating but sometimes beds in a sleeping section too, ways to connect with family and friends around the world via internet or phone, food – some have meals and some with snacks – and beverages. Some USO centers offer childcare, showers and personal toiletries, language classes, tours, entertainment areas – lounges, TVs, DVDs, video gaming and WIFI, and other programs and services depending upon the center.
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Summer is very active in our Local MOMS Club chapter, she is the mother of two adorable active boys, and is always thinking of ways to help others. She is a friend, a wife, and always busy as all mommies are. She is very active on Facebook, addicted to Geocaching and very interested in organic and green living while cooking up a storm.