The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization. The USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. It’s not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO. For over 70 years, the USO has made it its mission to life the spirits of America’s troops and their families located around the world.
Established in 1941, as it became clear that the nation was heading into World War II, several organizations mobilized to support the growing U.S. military: the Salvation Army, Young Men‚Äôs Christian Association, Young Women‚Äôs Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association, and the National Jewish Welfare Board.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt created synergy among these agencies by forming the United Service Organizations, with the objective of providing the emotional support the troops needed. Over time, the USO has evolved, developing new programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of the troops and their families, while holding fast to the original mission. Today, the USO continues to lift the spirits of America‚Äôs troops and their families, and will continue to be there for them until every one comes home.
The USO recognizes all that our troops and their families do to protect the freedoms we, as Americans, enjoy daily. It is more important than ever that they are remembered and supported. Because our military reflects the diversity of our nation, the USO offers a variety of programs and services designed specifically to lift spirits and strengthen resiliency. ¬†As a private, congressionally chartered nonprofit, the USO relies primarily on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities.
For more information on the USO, how to donate, or other ways to help, visit www.uso.org