United Service Organizations

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In the United States, the United Service Organizations (USO) was established to provide support to U.S. military personnel around the world. The USO is made up entirely of volunteers. Its goal is to make life easier for US soldiers.

USO Background

Since before the United States entered World War II, the USO has been a bridge between the American people and the U.S. military. In times of peace and war, the USO has consistently delivered its special brand of comfort, morale and recreational services to service members and their families. A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support USO activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. Government but is endorsed by the President of the United States and the Department of Defense. Each President has been the Honorary Chairman of the USO since its inception.

Its most publicized focus is "USO tours" that include top-billed celebrities; Bob Hope was prominent throughout his career for his USO appearances.

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