Father’s Day is Almost Here – Is Your Dad “Tied to a Cause”?

Still searching for that last-minute gift for Dad this Father’s Day?  Look no further than a limited-edition vineyard vines® tie, with 100% of the proceeds going to the USO!  The retailer’s “Tied to a Cause” campaign is running now through the 4th of July, so there’s still plenty of time to show your support in style.

Express and Next Day Business shipping options are still available, and there are eight retail locations on the east coast.  And if you can’t make Sunday’s deadline, then let Dad know his tie is on the way by printing out one of the great posters at right and at the bottom of the post!
In addition, we’ll be holding in-store events at the following times and locations:

June 22: Washington, DC, 6pm – 6pm
1225 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
Click here to RSVP

June 23: Greenwich, CT, 5pm – 7pm
145 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
Click here to RSVP

At both locations you’ll have the opportunity to purchase ties and totes.  And the first 150 purchases at each event will receive an exclusive USO gift bag!

Even if you’re not in the DC or NYC areas, you can RT to show your support: RT @the_USO and @vineyard_vines have the perfect #FathersDay gift – get “Tied to a Cause” http://bit.ly/auhPvk or grab one of the posters below and share with friends and family!

Yep, Your Care Packages Made it to Iraq

You probably already know all about Operation USO Care Package, and that we’ve donated over 1.5 million packages to Troops serving around the world.  You can always make a donation to the program, or – if you’re in the DC Metro area – volunteer at a USO Care Package stuffing party.  Our care packages are handed out at airports, in USO Centers, and other places to whomever wants one.

Other groups give you the opportunity to send a care box to specific individuals.  Additionally, a service member can register directly with these groups and the receive one or many boxes.  All of these care packages augment Operation USO Care Package and ensure that Troops have a variety of the comforts of home to choose from.  Our USO staff in Iraq just wanted to let you know, “Yep, your care packages made it to Iraq,” and to thank all those who contributed!  Read more…

Baghdad, Iraq – Three separate patriotic organizations have made their mark out here in Iraq with donated care packages that directly benefit the Servicemen downrange. Small, easy-to-carry hygiene products along with practical sundries can go along way to those people in the middle of a week long transit or in the middle of a cross country convoy. Trips to the base store are infrequent for these servicemen and the gesture of kindness that comes with these donated items lets these guys and gals folks back home are looking out for them.

The Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors put together a drive to send these care packages directly to Sather Air Base and the driving force with this fine organization is Terry Benson, the former Center Manager of the USO here in Baghdad. Terry has the first hand knowledge of what items are the most useful and put together very thoughtful items for the traveler in need.

Adopt a Platoon strives to provide a better deployment quality of life by sending cards, letters and care packages to lift the morale of Troops as they serve far from home and assist military families. These members of the 702d Brigade Support Battalion loaded up their MRAPs with the boxes for the next mission.

The fine folks at Operation Gratitude send care packages that contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.  Through collection drives, letter writing campaigns and donations of funds for shipping expenses, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner.