We Want to Hear From You!

Our anniversary is right around the corner: we ‘ll be 69 on February 4th!  And to help celebrate, we’re asking for YOUR USO stories.

Have a recollection about an entertainment tour that changed you life?  A picture from your favorite USO Center?  Or the story about how you met your future spouse at a USO dance?  We’d love to hear them all.

It’s simple: send an email of your USO story to commrequest@uso.org and include any attachments.  We’ll publish some of our favorites all throughout our birthday week on this blog and the On Patrol Blog.

Happy (almost) Birthday to us and we can’t wait to hear from YOU!

14 thoughts on “We Want to Hear From You!

  1. The USO was a blessing for our family last year while my husband was in Kuwait. During his R & R he made story videos for our boys. They loved them and brought tears to my eyes. I’ll always treasure that gift that the USO made possible. Keep up the great work you all do, you’re a blessing to all of our military families!

  2. Well, I got no stories being an Italian civilian who just supports US troops everywhere through USO.

    But on Feb 4th, it’ll be my 49th birthday.

    What a wobderful coincidence!

    Mt heart is with all of you over there at USO.

  3. My son joined the Air Force and said that the first thing that greeted him at the Airport in San Antonio was the USO. He was a “Rainbow” full of trepidation, first time away from home and family. He said that the people and kindness that he received from the USO made all the difference for him. He raved that it is a wonderful operation and if I ever wanted to donate to any organization, to please give to the USO. I have and I will always give in his honor. I have also put in an application to volunteer at the Bob Hope USO Center at LAX. I want to be part of a fine tradition and give to our troops,t the care and love that the USO so freely gives to other brave troops serving our great country. God Bless America, our fine fighting troops and The USO.

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  5. That you so much to the Tues. night crew at the Bob Hope USO at LAX, especially Cindy! Our plan was 6 hours late, finally leaving at 2am. Our 2 year old got sick with fever and vomitting while waiting at the USO. They washed our clothing and Cindy took me off airport to get medicine for our son. I could not have imagined going through that in the airport with all shops closed and nowhere for him to sleep. The volunteers were so helpful and concerned! The facilities made all the difference. Thank you, thank you!!

  6. I am volunteer three days a week at the SFO USO, but I would not be here today if it were not for the USO!!
    My father was stationed at Ft. Ben Harrison in Indy, and he was reluctant to attend the USO sponsored dance that weekend because he felt he wouldn’t find any gals to dance with – he was 6’6″. My mother was a secretary, also in Indy, and her girl friends talked her into going, although she also did not want to attend because of her height (she was just over 6′). Well, they both went anyway, and as was the custom back then (early 40′s), the men were at one end of the dance floor, and the women at the other until the music started. My father scanned the gals, and told his buddies, “If you want me, I’ll be with that lady right there”, pointing to my mother, who stood out easily in the group of ladies. After the first dance, the rest was history…
    Thank you USO, and happy birthday!!

  7. No “great story”, and perhaps what most service men and women remember.
    While traveling to and from my basic training at Ft. Lewis, WA, I had occaision to visit the airport USO at SEATAC and also O’Hare.
    When I left for my HOR, I had to wait from 1300 to about 2430 at SEATAC (Aug 1980). The vols at SEATAC USO talked to all of us about home, we had sandwiches, and got to rest in a rack in a very quiet area. I think I slept more there than in my barracks. When it was about time for my flight, the vol came in and woke me up (I never noticed him come in the room until then) and let me know.
    It may have been a small thing, but it was a refreshing breath to meet someone who cared at a time when I had been spat on, cursed, and called the foulest of names, all for wearing the uniform of our country.
    I hope that O’Hare has been better to the USO since I was there. It was just a “cubicle” where you could sit and read, but never be away from the crowds. (1980)
    Thank you to all the volunteers. Now my son is a Marine, and was also thankful for the USO at San Diego.
    God bless the USA, the USO, and all our servicemen and women, where ever they are.
    P. J. USAR/WYARNG 78-99

  8. the fact that i was able to come in and relax right before boot camp, i really enjoyed the varity of the challange coin collection

  9. Looking forward to performing for the Troops in The Future like Bob Hope did in the past.

    Please send info on the process in doing so
    we at Private Comics would love to entertain
    our Troops and their families.

    Best Regards,

    Sherwin XL of
    Private Comics Entertainment

  10. after being in iraq for four year the last year i stop by the USO in kwaite was going home on leave and was told to get the hell out that the USO was for service menbers not for old retires that work for the troops so I said hope you get more donation and left and never stop by the USO again that guy was BILL so where ever you are bill I hope they send you to camp Taji

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