United Service Organizations facts for kids
|Founded||4 February 1941|
|Key people||Sloan D. Gibson
President and CEO
|Area served||140 centers worldwide|
|Focus||morale, welfare, recreational support for US military personnel and families|
|Motto||Until Every One Comes Home|
The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) offers recreational support for members of the U.S. military. The USO provides programs in 140 centers worldwide funded by private and public donations and support from the United States Department of Defense. It is not a government agency.
USO works to boost military morale. Since 1941, the USO became the soldier's "home away from home" and began a tradition of entertaining the troops with live performances called Camp Shows that continues today. These "tours" typically feature big name actors or actresses, comedians, pop musicians, and pin-up models.
Support and services
The USO serves both in time of war and during time of peace. During the 1990s, the USO provided services to 5 million active duty service members and their families, and more support after start of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Images for kids
Actor Mickey Rooney, a World War II Bronze Star recipient, honoring the USO in 2000
Al Jolson, the first star to perform in Korea, September 17, 1950
Marilyn Monroe performing in Korea, 1954
Ann-Margret performing in Vietnam, 1966
Bob Hope USO show, 1944
Irving Berlin singing aboard USS Arkansas, 1944
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