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February 04, 2004

Happy Birthday, USO!

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(Click the logo to visit the USO homepage)


On this date, in 1941, in response to the growing US military build-up prior to our entry in WWII, the United Service Organizations was formed from the combined resources of the YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community Service, the National Jewish Welfare Board, the Traveler’s Aid Association and the Salvation Army, in order to provide recreational services to the troops in remote locations. And they haven't looked back.

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My uncle, my father, and I all benefited from the service provided by the USO. They are among the organizations I donate to annually. Wherever the troops go, you'll find the USO... close enough that USO workers hear the sound of the guns. Heck, if it weren't for the USO, we wouldn't have this picture of Joan Jett!

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How sad would that be? Of course, the greatest trouper the USO ever sent around to the troops, who gave us shows in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm, was Bob Hope. Hat tip to the USO and all the entertainers who visit the troops!

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