United Service Organizations

nonprofit-charitable corporation that provides live entertainment, social facilities, and other programs to members of the United States Armed Forces

The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) offers recreational support for members of the U.S. military. The USO provides programs in 140 centers worldwide funded by private and public donations and support from the United States Department of Defense. It is not a government agency.

The United Service Organizations
Founded4 February 1941[1]
HeadquartersArlington, Va
Key peopleSloan D. Gibson
President and CEO
Area served140 centers worldwide
Focusmorale, welfare, recreational support for US military personnel and families
MottoUntil Every One Comes Home
WebsiteUSO Home

USO Tours


USO works to boost military morale. Since 1941, the USO became the soldier's "home away from home" and began a tradition of entertaining the troops with live performances called Camp Shows that continues today. These "tours" typically feature big name actors or actresses, comedians, pop musicians, and pin-up models.

Support and services


The USO serves both in time of war and during time of peace. During the 1990s, the USO provided services to 5 million active duty service members and their families, and more support after start of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.


  1. "Our Proud History: Important Dates in USO History". USO Web Site. USO Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-17.

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