Everyone has heard of the USO, but hopefully you know it more than that group who sent Bob Hope over to entertain the troops in WW2/ Korea/ Vietnam/ Desert Storm (yes Bob went to all those conflicts)!  The United Service Organization was borne out of the various Army and Navy organizations at the start of WW 2 and meant to support our troops wherever they went with a little hospitality and cheer.
Today it is a vibrant organization that arguably is the one who touches more lives of today’s military members than any others. Specifically,it is a real boon to the military traveler. They provide the equivalent of an airline lounge to everyone with a military ID.  If you have never visited one, let me tell you a little about what you are missing.  Unlike airline lounges, the USO is typically outside of security.  They often have signs in the airport pointing the way to the USO, but sometimes it can be real challenging to find them – try SFO for example where you have to take an elevator and then travel down a remote hallway to find their very nice space.

Here is a list of the services they provide depending on the location:

Child care

Computers

Language Classes

Library

Phones

Showers

Sleeping Area

Snacks

Toiletries

Tours

TV Lounge

Video Games

Wifi

You can look up specific information at http://www.uso.org/Centers/Locate-A-Center.aspx.  Thye have locations throughout the U.S. and indeed the entire world including Germany, the Middle East, Guam and everywhere else that our military serves.

I contribute to the USO every year, but right now you can get a special deal for doing so from American Airlines. American Airlines is the official airline of the USO and regularly donates miles for the USO to support the troops around the world.   If you contribute this week 7-11 Nov, they will give you 15 AA miles for every dollar you contribute.  There is a limit of 60,000 miles, so if you were going to donate more than $ 4,000, I guess you will just have to satisfy yourself with the knowledge of doing a great thing for a bunch of soldiers,
sailors, airmen, and Marines rather than just getting a bunch of miles.  Go here to see the full page from American Airlines and all of the great stuff they do for the USO.  Please contribute and remember that your donation is tax deductible so make this work for you and our troops out there!

http://joinus.aa.com/uso-care-packages
While here check out all of the great programs AA does for this country’s
veterans and the USO.  Happy Veterans’ Day to everyone and thier families!

Posted by glenn | 5 Comments

5 responses to “Supporting the USO on Veterans’ Day”

  1. AirForceFlyer says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog and I must say that I am really excited to read more of your posts. Serving in the US Air Force, I am very grateful of the travel opportunities I have been given and accumulating miles and points is a very nice perk of the job!

    Regarding AA’s partnership with USO I also have another tip. There are AA gift cards that you can purchase in AA’s website that gives 10% of the total value of the gift card to the USO. For example, if you purchase a $500 gift card, AA will donate $50 to the USO. Pretty simple and I’ve done it every time. Since you are going to use the gift card to pay for flights anyway, this is a nice way to give back!

    More power to your blog and have a blessed Veteran’s day!

    • glenn says:

      Thanks, AirForceFlyer, that’s a great tip. Another one is that you can donate anytime to the USO via AA. This week was just a bonus of 15 miles per dollar, but you get 10 miles per at any other time.

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