Thank you so much. As 2011 drew to a close, you stepped up along with thousands of others just like you to support our troops. Your generous donations and support allowed the USO to bring a touch of home to troops stationed around the world.
Because of the generosity of supporters like you, we were able to lift spirits at the more than 57 forward operating bases and combat outposts near Kandahar where our brave men and women are working hard to protect our freedom. But instead of hearing all the good you provided from me, I wanted to share this special message of thanks direct from the front lines in Afghanistan.
Please take a minute to see the faces and hear the words of the brave men and women whose spirits you lifted.
Many of our troops returned from Iraq in 2011, and we are honored by their service. Our commitment to them and their families is ongoing. So is our dedication to the thousands of troops stationed around the world, making incredible sacrifices to protect our freedom.
We couldn’t do all that we are able to do for our troops were it not for you. Thank you for everything you do to support our service men and women and to remind them that they are always at home in our hearts. – Sloan Gibson, USO CEO & President
The new year has begun and many people have started announcing their New Years Resolutions to friends and family! A common theme we’ve been seeing is that many people have pledged to do more social good this year and give back whenever possible. Here at the USO, we have a few ideas on how you can accomplish that!
Our volunteers are there for our troops when their loved ones can’t, so be sure to check out great volunteer opportunities at USOVolunteer.org! But what if you can’t make a regular commitment or there’s no center near you? Don’t fret – as long as you have a computer you can always become a virtual volunteer of the USO!
Another way to get involved is through TEAM USO. By being one of our fundraisers, you join a community united by one goal: to life the spirits of America’s troops and their families! Put your passions to work by selling your award-winning lemon bars or your first solo CD to raise money. Or join our athletes for your next marathon and achieve two resolutions in one – get healthy and support the USO in 2012!!!
Finally, have you thought about becoming a reoccurring donor? By giving a little each month, you help sustain the programs that support our military and their loved ones, like United Through Reading and Operation Phone Home. Start donating today! – Vyque Elessar, USO Director of New Media