One NYC Marathon Spot Left on TEAM USO

The ING New York City Marathon may be sold out, but you can still run with TEAM USO.

TEAM USO has ONE spot still available in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon.


As part of TEAM USO, You have the opportunity to fundraise and make your miles count for our troops and their families. As part of TEAM USO, the money you raise helps the USO provide much needed programs and services with our troops and their families, whether they are serving close to home or overseas, in recovery and in remembrance.

Participants receive special benefits at part of TEAM USO, including a guaranteed spots in the marathon, fundraising and training support, exclusive race gear and a free pasta dinner. TEAM USO’s online resources allow individuals to set up their own fundraising page which can be used to reach out to possible donors and spread the word about their efforts and what they can do to contribute.

Time is ticking away. Contact Kym Jordan at to snag the final spot on our team.

And while you’re at it, check out these other TEAM USO success stories from the past year:

–Story by USO Marketing and Story Development

Ayla Brown Performs for Troops and Families at Nashville Yellow Ribbon Event


Country singer Ayla Brown preformed in Nashville for Army National Guard troops and Army reservists. USO photos by Joseph A. Lee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 1,500 Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers and their families from 43 states enjoyed an intimate USO performance by country music singer and former American Idol contestant Ayla Brown on Saturday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center here.

Brown is the oldest daughter of former United States Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who also happens to be a colonel in the Army National Guard, so she’s no stranger to the military scene. In fact,  she entertained 15,000 troops at  Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, in November 2010.

“With a grandfather in the Air Force and my father in the Army, an appreciation for the military is something I’ve grown up with,” Brown said. “After moving out here to Nashville, I told the USO that if they ever need me to donate my time, just pick up the phone and call — and here I am.”

Her latest album, written specifically for military families, is called “Heroes and Hometowns.” The seven-song EP features a studio version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in addition to original, patriotic songs. Fans can purchase her new single – “Pride of America” – through her website or iTunes.

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a congressionally mandated program for soldiers in the deployment cycle. The one- or two-day events feature experts who brief soldiers and their family members on topics such as healthcare, financial readiness, legal issues, employment services, child and youth services, health and wellness, education benefits and veteran’s affairs.

Story and photos by Joseph Andrew Lee, USO Staff Writer


Brown’s performance got the crowd on its feet.


Brown took time to meet attendees after her show.

USO Goes Down Under to Improve Life for Marines Training in Darwin, Australia

USO reps visit MRF-D Marines

Carolyn Harris, regional vice president, USO – Pacific, speaks to Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, on Friday at the USO day room. Photo courtesy of Marine Sgt. Sarah Fiocco

If America’s troops are going to the ends of the Earth, we are, too.

A Marine with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, stocks the USO day room fridge on Wednesday. Photo by Marine Sgt. Sarah Fiocco

A Marine stocks the USO day room fridge on Wednesday. Photo by Marine Sgt. Sarah Fiocco

A USO contingent is in Darwin, Australia, this week to meet with troops from Marine Rotational Force – Darwin about how the organization can improve the organization’s setup there. The USO recently established a day room with gaming systems, TVs, Internet access and free snacks just steps away from the Marines’ barracks.

“We really like having the Internet. Everyone uses it,” Lance Cpl. Derrick Wastart told DVIDS. “We’re really thankful for it, especially because it’s one of our only means of communication to our families. We really appreciate it.”

Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, is seen as a strategic U.S. training location in the Pacific.

USO Tampa Bay Visionary Lamerton Gets Fond Farewell


Walt Lamerton

Walt Lamerton – who conceived and secured the USO charter for the center that became USO Tampa Bay – stepped down Aug. 2 after three years at the helm of the organization.

But it wasn’t without a good sendoff.

Lamerton – a real estate agent by trade – was given a tribute in military writer Howard Altman’s column in Sunday’s edition of the Tampa Tribune. Here’s an excerpt:

But just because Lamerton is stepping down doesn’t mean he is stepping away.

He’s still working on the Orlando proposition. And the housing for the homeless. And the deals with the sports teams. And he is about to launch a “No Dough Dinner’ program at MacDill to feed service members and their families on the night before payday.

Thursday night, the board voted to name Jim “Moe” Moyer, a Coast Guard veteran and president of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle club, as Lamerton’s successor.

Hey Moe, best of luck. You’ve got big shoes to fill.

Photos: USO, What To Expect Foundation Team for Special Delivery Showers on Okinawa

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Heidi Murkoff and her husband, Erik – cofounders of the What to Expect Foundation –  have partnered with the USO to bring Special Delivery baby showers to military moms-to-be worldwide.

Last week, they brought their message – and a little bit of fun – to the military population on Okinawa during three events at USO Kadena. Check out the photos above, and see the full story on

-Story by USO Story Development


USO, Jack Daniel’s Team Up to Toast to the Troops

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More than 5,000 Operation USO Care Packages were assembled Thursday by military spouses as part of the 20th “Toast to the Troops” care package assembly event. USO North Carolina volunteers and Jack Daniel’s employees took part in the event at the Fort Bragg fairgrounds. Following the assembly event, country music star and Army veteran Craig Morgan treated more than 3,000 troops, military families and members of the Fort Bragg community to a free concert.

“If it were not for these men and women who are serving, the people we are packing these bags for, we would not live in the country we live in today,” Morgan said.  “And it is imperative that we take care of them.”

The USO and Jack Daniel’s have worked together on these events for eight years. The USO has distributed more than 2.3 million care packages since the program began in 2003.  In addition to providing service men and women with needed items, the care packages serve as a touch of home and a reminder to our troops that America is always by their side.

–Story by USO Story Development