The Mission: USO
Founded in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the USO united several service organizations into one to lift the morale of our military and nourish support on the home front. These entities became the United Service Organizations (USO) and have continued to support U.S. service members and their families for over seven decades.
The reach of the USO’s more than 200 centers extends to countries on every continent. These centers are operated by thousands of staff and volunteers whose goals are to match service members’ vigilance and provide best-in-class service to those who sacrifice so much for America.
How the USO helps service members:
USO Centers: The USO provides programs, entertainment and services at more than 200 USO locations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Djibouti, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Italy, Japan, Iraq, South Korea and the United States. USO centers provide a warm and comforting place where service members can connect to loved ones via Internet or phone, play a video game, catch a movie, have a snack or just put their feet up and relax.
Entertainment: Today’s service men and women long for family, home and country. The USO brings entertainers to them through multiple tours and events throughout the year. USO teams up with some of the country’s brightest stars to produce concerts, meet and greets and other interactive events.
Programs: The USO expresses America’s gratitude and commitment to service members and their families through programs focused on connection, strengthening, wellness and resiliency.
- Operation Phone Home
- Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program
- Military Spouse Program
- Couples Seminars: Stronger Families
- USO, What to Expect and Target present Special Delivery
Through expeditionary outreach support, including care packages, snacks, holiday celebration items and internet services provided throughout challenging deployments, they ensure service members stay connected to the people and places they love. The USO also provides resources for service members, veterans and military families throughout various transition points of their service. Today’s USO continuously adapts to the changing needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission.
The Event: USO Warrior Week
USO Warrior Week is a series of athletic, recreational and social activities for service members and their families, combined with educational and entertainment public elements. Warrior activities include surfing, skydiving, kayaking, cycling, waterskiing, as well as adaptive and therapeutic activities meant to facilitate physical and psychological well-being. ADS is proud to be a sponsor for USO Warrior Week in Virginia Beach, VA.
USO Warrior Week and the city of Virginia Beach collaborate with the Patriotic Festival concert series. The concerts are at 5th street and the oceanfront Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All USO Warrior Week participants receive complimentary VIP tickets.