When is Armed Forces Day?Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, and it is the proper day to honor the men and women currently serving. Find out more about this special day, and what you can do to celebrate.
May 16, 2019
11 Must-Know Facts about the Army’s 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment for its Anniversary
The Army’s 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, nicknamed the “Brave Rifles,” was originally formed in 1846 to provide security for travelers on the Oregon Trail. Since then, the 3rd Cavalry has served in a wide variety of conflicts from the Mexican-American War to Operation Inherent Resolve.
May 13, 2019
9 Historical Photos of Troops Calling Home
For over 77 years, the USO has been helping connect troops to their loved ones by providing phones, calling cards and more to make it easy for service members to hear their loved ones' voices from thousands of miles away. Check out these historical photos of phone calls home through the years.
May 10, 2019
Science Says Volunteering and Donating to Causes Can Improve Your Health
Did you know that you can improve the lives of military service members and their families while also improving your own personal health? It’s true! Science shows that supporting charitable causes and the people around you can lead to better physical and mental health.
Apr 25, 2019
How You Can #PayItForward and Help Troops with $20 or Less
Depending on how you look at it, $20 can seem like a lot of money, or not very much at all. However, when you donate $20 – or any dollar amount – to the USO, rest assured, we always think it’s a big deal. See just three of the big ways a donation of $20 or less to the USO can help improve the lives of service members around the world.
Apr 22, 2019
How the U.S. Military Made the T-Shirt the Most Popular Garment in the World
Given the T-shirt’s widespread popularity and its prominence in modern fashion, it might seem surprising that before World War II, the garment was considered a piece of underwear and was almost never worn on its own.
Apr 20, 2019
11 Historical Trivia Facts about the Army Reserve for its 111th Anniversary
Founded on April 23, 1908, the Army Reserve is a diverse group of dedicated citizen-soldiers who serve part-time in the military while simultaneously maintaining a civilian career and lifestyle. In honor of the Army Reserve’s 111th anniversary, we dug up 11 need-to-know facts about this group of civilian soldiers.
Apr 16, 2019
13 Historical Photos of Sending Care Packages to Troops
Since World War II, the USO has brought a little bit of comfort and a reminder of home to our men and women in uniform serving overseas. Whether they were shipped overseas in World War II or just received yesterday in Kuwait, USO Care Packages have reached generations of service members, no matter where they are in the world.
Apr 5, 2019
9 Things You Need to Know about the Air Force Reserve in Honor of its 71st Anniversary
They go by many names: Citizen Airmen. Weekend Warriors. But whatever you call them, Air Force Reservists have made notable contributions to protect and defend our nation since the inception of the Reserve in 1948. In honor of its 71st birthday on April 14, we rounded up nine need-to-know facts about the Air Force Reserve.
Apr 1, 2019
5 Runners Who Raced in Support of the USO
There are many ways for patriotic Americans to support service members and their families, such as through donating or volunteering with the USO. Learn about how these five runners took their passion for racing and used it to raise money for the USO and our service members through marathons, 5ks and triathlons.
Mar 27, 2019
100 USO Tours with Gary Sinise
At the USO, Gary Sinise is best known for supporting the troops by bringing joy to thousands of service members and their families around the world. Today, Sinise will perform his 100th USO Tour in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and we’d like to salute his service to our military community. Here is a roundup of 10 great moments with Sinise on USO Tours over the years.
Mar 21, 2019
9 Historical Photos of Marines and the USO in Honor of Camp Pendleton Center Opening
The USO center on Camp Pendleton might be new, but when it comes to being there for our Marines, USO staff and volunteers are seasoned pros. To celebrate, we dove into the archives and dug up nine vintage photos of the many times the USO has been by the side of America’s Devil Dogs.
Mar 11, 2019
Test Your Knowledge with our Women's Military History Quiz
Did you know that over 15% of active duty service members are women? Thanks to you, the USO is there for them during every stage of their military careers. What better time to learn more about the storied military history of service women?
Mar 1, 2019
15 Must-See Photos of Female USO Supporters to Celebrate Women’s History Month
To kick off March and celebrate Women’s History Month, we put together a slideshow of historical and modern photos that showcase a handful of the many ways female USO supporters are always by the side of U.S. troops.
Feb 27, 2019
Sully H.W. Bush Enlists as a Walter Reed Service Dog at USO Bethesda Ceremony
Sully H.W. Bush, the former service dog of the late President George H.W. Bush, officially has a new job, and joined the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program today. Here, Sully will support ill and injured service members, their families and hospital staff during the road to recovery.
Feb 19, 2019
6 Moments of Bravery in African American Military History
In celebration of Black History Month and in honor of all the brave black men and women who have served our country with valor and distinction, the USO is taking a moment to shine a light on the astonishing bravery of six African American service members who went above and beyond the call of duty.
Jan 18, 2019
USO Supports the Coast Guard and Their Families During Government Shutdown
Of the five branches in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Coast Guard is the only branch currently working without pay due to the government shutdown – the longest in U.S. history. USO centers across the country have rallied in support of the Coast Guard to help service members and their families make ends meet.
Jan 7, 2019
David Blaine Delivers Magic to Devastated Air Force Base
When Hurricane Michael tore through Florida this past October, it affected communities all along the coast – especially the community of Tyndall Air Force Base, just 12 miles east of Panama City, Fla. – which is exactly why world-famous magician David Blaine wanted to go there.
Dec 28, 2018
USO Rallies Around Service Members During Typhoon Relief
When the fifth-strongest tropical storm in recorded history, Typhoon Yutu, made landfall in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian, the U.S. Armed Forces were ready to help – and so was the USO.
Dec 10, 2018
USO Special Delivery Celebrates 160th Event for Military Parents
The birth of a child is typically a time when family and friends gather together to support mothers and fathers-to-be as they celebrate and navigate their changing family dynamics. However, military parents can experience this time in their lives far away from their homes and traditional networks of support.
Dec 7, 2018
Google Searches Result in Innovative Ways to Support Veterans
When you need an answer to a question, you Google it. And when you’re transitioning out of the military into civilian life, you might be looking for the answer to, “What jobs can you get after the military?” Google has an answer for that too: IT Support Specialist, through the Google IT Support Professional Certificate and the USO Pathfinder Program.