USO Boca Java Partnership

We are proud to announce our newest partnership with Boca Java as we work together to lift the spirits of our troops and families!

Boca Java™, a family-owned Colorado Coffee company, is a national provider of over 100 different artisan roast-to-order coffees. In October 2003, a soldier in Iraq contacted Boca Java requesting a coffee donation. The letter went on to explain there were many things the troops have to go without, but a few things, like a good cup of coffee would really be appreciated. Boca Java mailed out several boxes and received a nice email back in November of 2003 that demonstrated how much they appreciated the support.

Since 2005, Boca Java and their customers have donated over 7.6 Million cups of fresh roasted coffee to troops serving honorably overseas. Now, in 2012, the USO has partnered with Boca Java to bring coffee to our troops around the world. Boca Java will match each bag donated by our customers to support the USO2GO program until the end of the year.

Head on over to the official partner site today and for as little at $7.99, you can donate a bag of coffee to the troops and Boca Java will match your donation bag for bag! – Joseph P. Scannell, New Media Intern

American is the USO’s Official Airline

American Airlines has just announced they’re expanded their relationship with the USO, becoming the first official airline partner in our 69-year history of supporting U.S. military service members.

“At American Airlines, supporting our troops, veterans and their families is a cornerstone commitment we have made to honor those who protect the freedoms we hold so dear,” said Roger Frizzell, American’s Vice President – Corporate Communications and Advertising. “We are extremely proud to be the official airline of the USO, an organization whose sole mission is to serve those who serve this great nation.”

As the USO’s official airline, American will provide in-kind support, as well as fundraising assistance, including a new American Airlines Gift Card that launches today.  When purchasers select the USO gift card option, American will donate $5 to the USO for every $50 of travel purchased.

“American’s extensive network and long history of supporting members of the armed forces make them an ideal partner for us,” said Kelli Seely, USO’s Senior Vice President, Development & Chief Development Officer. “It is an honor to welcome American Airlines as the official airline of the USO.”

The new Join Us website, http://www.AA.com/joinus, invites the public to learn more about the not-for-profit organizations American supports, including military/veterans programs, Susan G. Komen for the Cure(r), Kids In Need(r) and disaster relief efforts. Customers may contribute to these causes by making cash donations to earn AAdvantage miles, and pre-purchasing travel, wherein American will donate 10 percent of travel purchased to the USO, if designated. The website provides a one-stop opportunity to learn about American’s community programs and the ways customers can get involved.

The American Airlines Gift Card is available in denominations from $50 to $1,500 and can be applied toward the purchase of travel on any American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection carrier, or any oneworld partner or codeshare flight published fare. Unlike many gift cards, there is no expiration date. When completing the payment information, enter “USO” in the tracking code box. The gift card can be delivered to the recipient via e-mail, with a personal message included, if desired.

We’re thrilled to announce this new partnership and hope you’ll enjoy flying American Airlines as much as we do.  Let us know when you use this program – we want to hear about your travel experiences!

Angel Flight Northeast Announces Angels for Armed Forces® Program

The USO and Angel Flight Northeast are proud to announce the creation of the Angels for Armed Forces® program, which “provides free flights to military personnel and veterans, who need to access medical care.  It also provides flights for military family members who need to travel to visit injured service members and whose financial resources do not permit them to travel by commercial airlines. These flights are conducted by AFNE volunteer pilots, many being veterans themselves, who share not only a love of flying, but also have a deep commitment to helping others. They donate their time, their airplanes, all expenses of the flight, and mostly, their hearts to serve their community and those in need.”  Awesome!

Read more about the program by clicking here and feel free to print out the poster below to let qualified active duty Troops, veterans, and military family members know about this great new program.