USO Houston Hosts Troops and Families at World’s Championship Bar-B-Que

USO Houston hosted around 1,200 troops and family members this past weekend at the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que on the grounds of Reliant Stadium in Houston. The exclusive event is a prelude to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which takes place at the same venue over the next three weeks. USO tour veteran and “BBQ Pitmasters” star Johnny Trigg cooked on the USO’s behalf in the competition.

Finishing Touches: Donor Wall Goes Up at USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir

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The USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., has served thousands of troops since it opened in February. However, every building must undergo its final touches.

This week, the temporary donor wall in the center’s Great Room is being replaced by the final version, seen above in its mid-construction phase.

Our New Look

Yep, you’re still in the right place. Welcome to the new-look USO blog.

The new look comes amid several milestones: our 1,000th post, which came last month, and our 1 millionth visitor, which should happen sometime in the next three weeks.

And speaking of new looks, the USO has recently expanded its video storytelling operation. Check out these two stories from the last few weeks, both originally published on

First, Gold Star Father Don Blanchard talks about his cross-country ride to honor his son who was killed in Afghanistan:

And here’s a look at last week’s USO 9/11 Service Project on Capitol Hill: