President’s Day Quiz – How Well Do You Know YOUR USO?

Happy President’s Day! In honor of our nation’s Commanders in Chief, we’ve created a fun quiz for you this holiday. Using the clues below, figure out which President did what for the USO. Email your answers to, and if you get all eight right, you’ll be entered in a drawing for some fabulous USO gifts! (And don’t think you can just Google all the answers – we’re smarter than that!)

President Harry S Truman with a "USO Couple" in an undated picture.

1. This President signed the USO Congressional Charter into law (Title 36, U.S. Code, Chapter 45), signaling the beginning of the USO as a completely independent agency.

2. This President hosted the first Operation USO Care Package stuffing party on the White House lawn, which resulted in 3,000 care packages assembled – some by the President himself! – for Troops serving overseas.

3. This President was awarded the first Presidential Spirit of Hope Award at a USO Gala.  Coincidentally, his father was one of the key people behind the creation of the organization in 1941.

4. This President – along with the First Lady – traveled to Fort Belvoir to participate in an Operation USO Care Package stuffing party, staying over an hour assembling care packages and talking to USO staff and volunteers. It was his first official visit to the base.

5. This President called for a private entity to meet the recreational needs of Troops during World War II.  The Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board then coordinated their civilian efforts to form the United Service Organizations, or USO.

6. This President was the first to have a Navy ship named after him.  That aircraft carrier has since been host to numerous USO celebrity entertainment shows.

7. This President reestablished the USO as a peacetime organization, writing in a letter, “I am particularly happy to see Veterans Hospital Camp Shows included in the program of the USO. They serve the double purpose of entertaining the men and giving them the much-needed assurance that they are remembered.”

8. This President bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom  – the highest honor awarded a civilian in the US – to Bob Hope, in recognition of his years of service to the USO and nation’s Troops.

Vote Marc Hoffmeister for National Geographic Explorer of the Year!

Each year, National Geographic names an “Explorer of the Year,” and for the first time ever, YOU get to decide!  We highly recommend Marc Hoffmeister, a U.S. Army veteran and leader of Operation Denali.

Army Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister is among four wounded warriors who are attempting to summit Alaska's Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, the highest point in North America, June 1, 2009. U.S. Army photo

From his profile in National Geographic: “On June 1, 2009, a team of five men and one woman flew in to the Kahiltna Glacier at the base of Denali. Besides Marc and Gayle Hoffmeister and a longtime able-bodied friend of Marc’s, Bob Haines, the party included three other Iraq veterans: Jon Kuniholm, an ex-Marine who’d lost an arm to an IED; Matt Nyman, an Army Ranger whose leg had to be amputated after his chopper was shot down; and David Shebib, an Army combat medic who’d suffered severe head and chest injuries after stepping on an IED.”

Hoffmeister’s courage and bravery – combined with a can-do spirit and sense of adventure – make him the perfect candidate for Explorer of the Year!  He has this to say about the experience, “We are thrilled to be honored among an amazing group of people.  The only disappointment of this recognition is that it is an individual award. I truly feel this is and should be a team recognition.  Every member of our team poured their heart and soul in to the effort.  They made it happen and their inspirational example continues to impact wounded warrior’s like us every day.”

Click here to vote for Hoffmeister in the Reader’s Choice Poll and watch a video Operation Denali below!  Winners will be announced later on this year.