Tell Our Troops “Thanks!”

Our troops serve with great honor and unparalleled bravery. They ask for little in return — just to know America is behind them and supporting their efforts.

You can show your support by leaving a brief message of thanks to our brave servicemen and women at our Thanks From Everywhere map. Just a few words of support from you will make a real difference to our troops.

Please take a moment to add your personal message and say “Thanks From Everywhere” to our troops. 

Thanks From Everywhere is a special way to let our troops know you’ve got their backs and you deeply appreciate their service.

When you add your message, we’ll post it to the interactive map. Your message of support — along with thousands of others — will be available for our troops to enjoy throughout the holidays.

From now until Thanksgiving, we hope to fill up the Thanks From Everywhere map with notes from every hometown across the country.

Join the USO in saying Thanks From Everywhere to our troops. Add your message of thanks today.

Hour by hour, the USO’s Thanks From Everywhere map is filling up with messages from all over America honoring the service and sacrifice of our brave servicemen and women.

I hope you’ll take a moment right now to participate in this show of support. - Sloan Gibson, President and CEO, USO

Offer “Thanks From Everywhere”

As we approach Veterans Day, November 11, it is important to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans of the past, present and tomorrow—those men and women who, upon their return home, become living, breathing testaments to duty, honor and selfless service and sacrifice.

To offer your thanks and support, the USO has a new program for Americans to send thanks from across the United States to our troops and their families for their service and sacrifice. Visit the newly redesigned USO.org to send your personal messages of appreciation to those who so deserve it, and the USO will place a pin on the US map, displaying these messages based on geography . Our goal is to COLOR THE MAP between now and Thanksgiving with thousands of notes, as Americans send THANKS FROM EVERYWHERE. Go to USO.org/thanks now to send your note today.

A Thank You to our Volunteers

The Corporation for National and Community Service asks Americans to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King every year by making the observation of the King Holiday a national day of service.  On a day like today, we would like to take the opportunity to thank the thousands of volunteers that make possible what we do at the USO.

One volunteer can make all the difference - Thank You!

We thought it might be best to express the gratitude we have for our volunteers – and the joy they have in serving our men and women in uniform – by sharing a letter we recently received from one volunteer to all the others:
“Dear Mary Lou Austin and Volunteers,
Commercial Property Professionals wants to personally take a moment to thank Mary Lou Austin (President, USO of Georgia) for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of the busiest day at USO Atlanta in years; additionally, we want to thank all of the volunteers who made January 3, 2010 such an overwhelming success for USO Atlanta. Through your efforts we fed over 4,500 troops moving through the airport, of the 4500 approximately 3,900 were returning back to Forts Gordon and Jackson to continue their training prior to deployment with their assigned units. The other 600 were en route to various locations around the country and around the world; some to spend time with families, some to continue training and some to protect the freedoms that so many take for granted.
Wednesday December 2, 2010 Nick Nichols of Nichols Neal Construction (my right hand man in serving USO Atlanta) and I went to a meeting hosted by the USO Atlanta, there were personnel from the military, airport, police, airlines and other USO volunteers in attendance. lt was at this meeting that we began to realize the scope of the undertaking and knew we had better get busy. Early the next week I sent out an email to many of you that have either served with us at USO Atlanta or had expressed an interest in doing so, within hours my phone and email were burning up with request to help, along with request to get others groups involved. Over the next few weeks we had the plan down and the volunteer slots filled, so much so that we had to turn volunteers away.
For those that had the opportunity to be on site at USO Atlanta it was an amazing day that won’t be forgotten. I cannot tell you how many volunteers came up to me throughout the day making comments regarding the quantity and most importantly the “QUALITY” of these “ALL VOLUNTEER TROOPS”, that’s correct every one of the Troops we served ‘VOLUNTEERED” for this duty. Every USO Atlanta volunteer I spoke with expressed how polite, respectfuland appreciative allof these young men and women were (they were thanking us, are you kidding me?). The other comments I heard most often were “I can’t believe how young they are” and “l can’t believe how many young Ladies there are.”  What l didn’t hear was rudeness, complaining or otherwise bitterness, just thankfulness and gratitude!
Sunday’s USO Atlanta experience was truly a community effort…we offer our sincere thanks to USO Atlanta and all ofthe volunteers (many of whom were not mentioned) who made donations of time and money. Withoutyou this day would not have possible. Without our great military and the young men and women serving, America’s survival as we know it is not possible!  God Bless our Military and God Bless America!”

Community Strong Photo Album

The Community Strong event at Ford Hood last Friday was a smashing success.  We’d like to thank everyone who came out to support the men, women, and children of Fort Hood on a day of remembrance and celebration.  The effervescent spirit of this community cannot be denied!

We are especially proud of our own USO employees and volunteers from the Killeen, TX, area.  As the Killeen Daily Herald so eloquently put it, “…on Friday, the community that so recently joined together in mourning now came together in celebration of life and a bright future. The show of support and kindness particularly from those wearing the very recognizable USO logo was nearly overwhelming.”  And we couldn’t have done it without your support!

It’s not too late to leave a message for at the usocommunitystrong.org website.  And your donations will continue to support those most in need in the Fort Hood Community.  Again, a TREMENDOUS thank you goes out to all the celebrity entertainers, participants, attendees, and behind-the-scenes movers and shakers who make Friday such an overwhelming success.  Fort Hood is and will continue to be “Community Strong”!

(USO Photos by Mark Matson)