USO ... recognized in 2015 for the collective patriotic, noble efforts ... of all involved with it!
Throughout our country's history, Americans have felt profound appreciation and gratitude for the dedication and sacrifice of our troops and their families. The USO (United Service Organizations) provides a tangible way for all of us to say thank you, as it has since 1941.
The USO's mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform. The original intent of Congress ... and enduring style of USO delivery ... is to represent the American people by extending a touch of home to the military... In times of peace and war, the USO has consistently delivered its special brand of comfort, morale and recreational services to service members and their families.
A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO is not part of the U.S. Government but is endorsed by the President of the United States and the Department of Defense. Each President has been the Honorary Chairman of the USO since its inception.
The USO goes beyond being there for the troops, veterans and their families ... from entertainment by the biggest stars starting with the iconic Bob Hope ... to multitudes of supporting services ... like its facility at Dover Air Force Base for the grieving, proud families when their fallen loved ones are returned to our beloved homeland.
Here is more about the USO...
And it only continues to happen with its dedicated employees, volunteers, and financial supporters ... It is what the following tribute to the USO by USA Patriotism! founder David Bancroft is all about!
David Bancroft, USA Patriotism! founder
I am very thankful to the USO ... for its efforts to help reintegrate returning troops back to civilian life after World War II ... as my parents met at a 'USO Social' in Toledo, Ohio in 1946. My mother was a hostess and dance volunteer ... My father asked her to danced ... She said yes ... So, I would not be here today along with my four siblings, our children, and our grandchildren ... and family ones yet to be born ... without the USO in 1946.
The USO is not only there for the troops in all that it does for them ... the same goes for their loved ones including chance encounters ... that even lead to marriage and family!
One more thing... My mother's twin brother served in the Army during WWII and was killed in Normandy a few weeks after D-Day. It was a major reason for her being a USO volunteer.