Who the USO Helps
The USO delivers highly valued programs, morale-boosting services and engaging entertainment that help America’s service members feel connected to their family, home and country.
Support from the USO doesn’t end when military service does. Each transition from military service to civilian life is unique for our military members and their families. The USO recognizes this and seeks to help on a personal level. Designed to help the young, single service member as well as the 25-year careerist with a family, USO Transition Services provides service members and their families with a roadmap to help navigate whatever transition journey lies ahead.
Active Duty, National Guard & Reserves
The USO provides programs and services at more than 200 locations worldwide. Whether they’re deployed to a war zone or stationed overseas, service members are only a request or a visit away from receiving a range of USO services. And when they can’t physically visit one of our remote locations, we can come to them in the form of USO2GO or even Mobile USO. USO2GO kits are sent to the most remote locations in the world, letting deployed service members know they are not alone. These shipments—averaging 1 ton each—include important reminders of home, from snacks and sports equipment, to laptop computers and DVDs of current movies. The USO’s satellite-based private telephone network offers expanded Internet connections and free calls home from USO centers in Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, homes and country. Through programs like Operation Phone Home®, Special Delivery baby showers, and United Through Reading, the USO helps keep military families connected no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve.
Wounded, Ill and Injured Service
Members, Their Families and Caregivers
Recovering from a battlefield injury, training accident or even a long illness is a daunting prospect for service members and their loved ones. The USO provides a backbone of support. From our Warrior Center in Landstuhl Germany, to our two USO Warrior and Family Centers at major military hospital facilities in the Washington, D.C., area, service members and their families get the things they need in a nurturing environment. In addition, the USO Caregivers Seminars provide vital links to information, programming and community support for the healing families.
Families of the Fallen
The USO has supported every dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base since March 1991. USO centers are located in the heart of Dover Air Force Base to support families of the fallen, as well as those service members assigned to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs complex. Additionally, as family notifications occur at all times of the day and night, the USO works 24/7 to coordinate among USO centers across the country. The USO is there to support and comfort families who have just received tragic news as they travel to and from Dover. The USO’s reach expands beyond Dover, with a vast network of support for our families of the fallen from coast to coast.