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Remember the USO

Estherville News Editorial

February 1, 2017
Estherville News Staff , Estherville News

February 4 is USO?Day, a day to honor, and perhaps more importantly, to volunteer for or donate to the USO.

USO?stands for United Service Organizations. The USO has been providing services to help American service men and women and their families for decades. They do so much to make troops feel at home when they are away and help their families cope with deployment. What do you know about the USO?

The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

The USO is a family of volunteers, sustained by the charitable contributions of millions of generous Americans. We are united in our commitment to support America's service members by keeping them connected to the people, places and things they love. We do this through countless acts of caring, comfort, connection and support. Our work is America's most powerful expression of gratitude to the men and women who secure our nation's freedoms.

In an effort to boost the military's morale, the USO teamed with some of our country's brightest stars to produce concerts, meet-and-greets and other interactive events for our service members at home and overseas. The USO made it possible to bring American entertainment and music to troops who longed for home, and we still do.

While the entertainment industry has changed a lot over the years, a few things have not: Today's service men and women still long for family, home and country and they are still cheered and inspired when their personal heroes volunteer their own time to do a USO Entertainment Tour. Seeing your favorite comedian, band or athlete helps our troops and families stay connected to family, home and country no matter where they are. USO Entertainment supports America's service members and their families by keeping them connected to the people, places and things they love.

When service members make the ultimate sacrifice for their country, the USO?steps up for their families. The USO has supported every dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base since March 1991, often making special travel accommodations for grieving families in transit at our airport centers around the world. The USO also supports the families through partnerships with organizations like the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Fisher House.

The USO partners with the Comfort Crew for Military Kids to send interactive and engaging motivational speakers on tour to promote self-confidence and resiliency in military children ages 6 to 15 years old. Military families tell the USO about the power and impact the tour has in helping military children tackle topics such as: bullying at school, adjusting to life during and post-deployment, and coping when a parent makes the ultimate sacrifice. Using innovative, inspiring and humorous stories, the Comfort Crew has spoken with thousands of children about the difficulties military kids face. The Comfort Crew embarks on a multi-city With You All the Way! tour providing presentations to military children living throughout the U.S and overseas.

 
 
 

 

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