More Than Shows: Today’s USO Is Working To Bridge The Divide Between Service Members And Civilians

For an organization that’s still strongly associated with entertainers of the past, like Bob Hope, it’s a constant challenge to stay relevant to today’s service members.

By Austin CrossJanuary 2, 2020 10:00 am,

From American Homefront Project:

On a chilly evening in Washington, D.C., 1100 service members from all branches of the military settled in at The Anthem Auditorium for an evening with the trappings of home: hot dogs, comedy and country music.

It was a modern version of the shows the USO — the United Service Organizations – started putting on nearly eight decades ago. The non-profit has boosted morale in the armed forces for nearly 80 years, playing a role in every major conflict since World War II. Today, it operates 230 locations on seven continents, manned by more than 30,000 volunteers.


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