Jeep Brings USA Basketball Stars Together with Airmen in Las Vegas

Check out these cool shots of members of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team meeting up with troops from United States Air Force last week after practice in Las Vegas.

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USO of New England and the Boston Celtics Put Families in Touch…on the Jumbotron!

Recently, USO of New England and the Boston Celtics made dreams come through with their “Seats for Soldiers” program, giving away free tickets to over 500 service members and their families.  Even more amazing, these families were virtually connected to local soldiers live on the Jumbotron from USO Baghdad!

Executive Director Jean M. Mallon shared some thoughts on the event, giving “A big kudos and thank you from USO New England and all of the service members and families of the 101engineers who participated in the live video “shout out” at the Seats for Soldiers Celtics game on Friday evening.

We invited the families of the members to the game, and in addition to seeing their loved ones hailed by the crowd we were able to bring them to the AV room, so they could have a few moments to say hello in private. It was a great morale boost for all.”

Jack Swayze, the IT Administrator for the USO, was called in to coordinate the technical aspects so the families could connect.  “This was an amazing event,” explained Swayze.  “Not only were we able to bring happiness to the troops and their families, but I was able to use some fun technology to achieve the goal. I’m not a big Basketball fan, but I did watch the entire game with the guys, so I could watch them enjoy themselves and see their excitement when  they talked to their families and loved ones. It was one of the best video streaming events I have been apart of.”

We are so proud of our staff, volunteers, Boston Celtics fans, and everyone who brought this event together.  But most importantly, we’re proud of our Troops serving here and abroad; we’re honored to provide that touch of home for them.  Check out the photos below!

Troops at USO Baghdad share some smiles and laughter as they realize their families are viewing them on the Jumbotron during the Celtics "Seats for Soldiers" event.

It's a family reunion of sorts in the AV room at the Garden as a Mom and her Daughter say hi to Dad, serving overseas and on screen courtesy of the USO.

Service members were also honored at the game. Several of them took the opportunity to pose with the Celtics Dancers on the court at half time.

Wounded Troops Enjoy a View from the Sky Box

Michael R. S. Teilmann, the Executive Director of USO – Greater Los Angeles Area, Inc. sent this dispatch from the field on January 2: We were able to get a sky box at Staples Center for our wounded warriors last night…THIS is what we are in business for — to take care of our troops and our wounded warriors.  Look at the smiles on the faces of these heroes! God Bless everyone who helps us with our sacred mission. Happy New Year to all.  -Mike”

That’s right, Mike.  This IS what the USO is all about.  The troops made the trip to the Staples Center in conjunction with The 911 HelpAmerica Foundation.  We have a photo gallery below.

Mike Talleda heads up this group’s wounded warrior initiative and had this to say to the USO:  “I want to thank you for always thinking of us.  You and the Bob Hope USO at LAX have made it possible for us to get our guys together more than anyone. You’ve always put our name out there and for that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We help our guys financially, we advocate for them but the thing that we like to do most is create a fellowship and get these guys out of the house, and believe me ‘it ain’t easy”. Some of the best times we have had are because of invitations that have come our way because of you.”

Outstanding work, Mike and Michael!  And to all the troops who enjoyed the game, that was some fourth quarter, eh?  We’re so proud of your service.