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Support the USO
July 23, 2012 - Mike Donahey
President Sloan Gibson of the United Services Organization doesn’t mince words in solicitations for the not-for-profit organization he heads.
“Most Americans want to ‘support’ our troops,” Gibson said. “They mean well; they want to help; but they simply don’t know how to reach out to the troops that need us the most — the 90,000 still fighting for us overseas ... or the 40,000 who have been severely wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
The USO needs help to get its job done, Gibson said. The USO relies completely on private contributions — it is not a government agency and never has been. (It was created shortly after World War II’s beginning by President Franklin Roosevelt, who believed the task of assisting servicemen and women could best be accomplished by a civilian organizations and USO eventually developed from that concept). Its mission is to demonstrate to all U.S. soldiers — whether at home or overseas — that America is grateful for their service and loyalty.
“In war-torn Afghanistan, the USO has nine centers where soldiers can relax and escape from the war, call or email home, eat a snack, or play a video game,” he said. “At home, the USO launched Operation Enduring Care — a long term initiative which includes comprehensive programs to support recovery, including physical health and recreation ... behavioral health and wellness ... education ... employment ... family support ... and reintegration.”
Supporting our servicemen and women is critical — especially now. Many are in their third and even fourth, tour of duty overseas or have demanding positions stateside — some far away from family or friends. Approximately 18 months ago our family made a donation for a USO program which provided free telephone cards to servicemen and women. We've contributed since.
It is our way of helping out. Please join us. Visit uso.org