On February 4, 2021, the United Service Organizations (USO) will celebrate 80 years of strengthening America’s military service members by connecting them to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
Since its founding in 1941, the USO has adapted to the evolving needs of the military and has always been by their side. From providing morale-boosting entertainment to delivering millions of care packages—and from offering impactful career transitions programming to providing opportunities to connect with loved ones—the USO has been a valuable resource for the 40 million-plus brave individuals who have served our country over the past eight decades. Throughout the West region, the USO has been serving the needs of our military and families since 1941. The USO West region includes operations spanning California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, Utah and Montana.
“Our local USOs throughout the West are proud to celebrate the USO’s legacy of serving America’s Armed Forces,” said USO West President Bob Kurkjian. “We believe a strong America is a force for good in the world, and our strength as a nation rests on keeping service members connected to the things they joined the Armed Forces to defend – family, home and country.”
On February 4, USO Centers around the globe will acknowledge the 80th birthday of the USO with programs to support our troops and families. In the West,
- The USO Northern California will celebrate with a physically-distanced Operation BBQ Birthday Bash for 300 medical military service members at David Grant Hospital at Travis AFB, including service members providing vaccinations to the military and veterans.
- USO Arizona is providing Operation Birthday Breakfast for military service members and recruits at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Phoenix.
- USO San Diego is doing Operation Cake Drop at all bases and installations throughout San Diego in honor of USO’s birthday.
- USO Nevada is celebrating with Operation Cupcake Drop by distributing cupcakes at all of their centers including McCarran International Airport, Nellis AFB and Creech AFB.
- Bob Hope USO is celebrating with Operation Cupcake Drop at locations throughout Southern California including at the Theme Building at LAX airport, as well as BBQ and Cupcakes for service members training at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos.
- USO Alaska to celebrate the birthday with distributions across the state.
Thanks to the family of volunteers and generosity of partners and donors, the USO presents engaging programs including story-time for families, fun virtual classes for kids, health and wellness for spouses and service members, meal and nutrition programs, and virtual and live engagements with celebrities and athletes.
To help the USO continue supporting a resilient military, the USO invites the public to join the Force Behind the Forces® to Give More Than Thanks to service members and their families at home and abroad.
Americans can make a difference in the military community by actively expressing their gratitude for our nation’s service members and their sacrifices through donations, sponsorship, volunteering, sharing USO stories online, providing in-kind items or participating in USO activities.
To learn more about ways to give more than thanks, visit https://www.uso.org/campaign/morethanthanks. Follow the USO’s Give More Than Thanks campaign and be part of the conversation using the hashtag #morethanthanks.
This article was released by the USO.