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The United Service Organizations

The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) is a private, nonprofit organization that provides morale and recreational services to members of the U.S. military worldwide. Image File history File links Small_web_logo. ... Image File history File links Small_web_logo. ... The Military of the United States, also known as the United States Armed Forces, is structured into five branches consisting of the: United States Army United States Marine Corps United States Navy United States Air Force United States Coast Guard Reserves United States National Guard United States Army Reserve United...

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Background

The USO was founded in 1941 in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide morale and recreation services to U.S. uniformed military personnel. This request led six civilian agencies — the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, NCCS, NTAA and the NJWB — to unite in support of the U.S. troops. The USO was incorporated in New York February 4, 1941. FDR redirects here. ... Shield of The Salvation Army The Salvation Army is a non-military evangelical Christian organisation. ... YMCAs in the United States and Canada use this logo. ... Neysa Moran McMein (1888-1949) Y.W.C.A. In Service for the Girls of the World, Poster, 1919 The YWCA (Young Womens Christian Association) is a non-profit organization, the first of which was founded in the UK in 1855. ... The National Catholic Community Service (NCCS) operated from 1940 to 1980 with both professional personnel and volunteers at home and overseas to serve the spiritual, social, educational, and recreational needs of the military and defense workers and their families. ... The Travelers Aid movement began in St. ... The National Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) was formed on April 9, 1917, three days after the United States declared war on Germany. ...


USO centers and clubs opened around the world as a “Home Away from Home” for GIs. The local USO was a place to go for dances and social events, for movies and music, for a quiet place to talk or write a letter home, or for a free cup of coffee and an egg. The USO also brought Hollywood celebrities and volunteer entertainers to perform for the troops. ...


At its high point in 1944, the USO had more than 3,000 clubs, and curtains were rising on USO shows 700 times a day. From 1941 to 1947, the USO presented more than 400,000 performances, featuring entertainers such as Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Hattie McDaniel, Ann Sheridan, James Cagney, James Stewart, Danny Kaye, The Rockettes, Al Jolson, Fred Astaire, the Andrews Sisters, Joe E. Brown, Lucille Ball, Glenn Miller, Martha Raye, Mickey Rooney, Betty Hutton, Dinah Shore, and most famously, Bob Hope. Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Superscript text Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The... For the singer, see Betty Davis, for the meteorologist, see Betty Davis (meteorologist). ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American actor. ... Betty Joan Perske (born on September 16, 1924), better known as Lauren Bacall, is a Golden Globe– and Tony Award–winning, as well as Academy Award–nominated, American film and stage actress. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American jazz-oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... Marlene Dietrich IPA: ; (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992) was a German-born actress, singer, and entertainer. ... Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1895 – October 26, 1952) was an African American actress. ... Ann Sheridan (February 21, 1915 – January 21, 1967) was an American film actress. ... James Francis Cagney, Jr. ... James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an iconic, Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing screen persona. ... Kaye entertaining U.S. troops at Sasebo, Japan, 25 Oct 1945 David Daniel Kaminsky, known as Danny Kaye (January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer and comedian. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Al Jolson was a highly acclaimed American singer, comedian and actor of Jewish heritage whose career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950. ... Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. ... The Andrews Sisters on the cover of the reissue collection The Best of the Andrew Sisters: The Millennium Collection. ... Joe E. Brown in the late 1920s. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American actor, comedian and star of the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy, a four time Emmy Award winner (awarded 1953, 1956, 1967, 1968) and charter member of the Television Hall of Fame. ... Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 — presumably December 15, 1944), was an American jazz musician and bandleader in the swing era. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Actor Mickey Rooney speaks at the Pentagon in 2000 during a ceremony honoring the USO. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr. ... Betty Hutton (born Elizabeth June Thornburg, February 26, 1921 – March 11, 2007[1]) was an American film actress and singer. ... Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore February 29, 1916 - February 24, 1994) was an American singer and actress. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ...


In 1950, when the United States entered the Korean War, the USO brought its services and entertainment tours, including Errol Flynn, Debbie Reynolds, Terry Moore, and Marilyn Monroe, to the American troops. This effort continued after the war ended, and the USO expanded to serve the more than one million U.S. troops who remained stationed overseas. During the 1960s, as tensions escalated in Vietnam, the USO began to open centers in combat zones. The 23 centers in Vietnam and Thailand served as many as a million service members a month, and the USO presented more than 5,000 performances during the Vietnam War featuring stars such as John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Sammy Davis Jr., Phyllis Diller, Martha Raye, Joey Heatherton, Wayne Newton, Jayne Mansfield, Redd Foxx, Rosey Grier, Anita Bryant, Nancy Sinatra, Lola Falana, and (of course) Bob Hope. In addition, the USO operates centers at major U.S. airports to provide a lounge and place to sleep for American servicemen between their flights. Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders... Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959) was an Australian-born film actor, most famous for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle. ... Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Terry Moore: (born 1929) a film actress Terry Moore: (1912-1995) a Major League Baseball player [1] Terry Moore: a comic books writer This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979) was an iconic, Academy Award-winning, American film actor. ... Ann-Margret Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born actress and singer. ... Sammy Davis, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Long Island, New York-born Joey Heatherton was christened Davenie Johanna Heatherton in 1944. ... Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942, in Roanoke, Virginia) is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer, April 19, 1933—29 June 1967) was an American actress and Playboy centerfold. ... Redd Foxx (December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991), born John Elroy Sanford, was an American comedian best known for his starring role on the television sitcom Sanford and Son. ... Roosevelt Rosey Grier (born July 14, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Cuthbert, Georgia), a star athlete at Roselle High School(NJ), is an American football player, actor, and Christian minister. ... Anita Jane Bryant (born March 25, 1940, in Barnsdall, Oklahoma) is an American singer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Lola Falana (born Loletha Elaine Falana on September 11, 1919 in Camden, New Jersey) is an American dancer and actress of Cuban and African American descent. ...


To support troops participating in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, USO centers opened in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Qatar. USO centers number more than 130 around the world. Recently, the USO opened the Rocky Mountain USO Center at Denver International Airport and a third center in Kuwait. The USO provides a variety of programs and services, including orientation programs, family events, travel assistance, free Internet and e-mail access, and recreation services. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the military response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States . ... The 2003 Invasion of Iraq was the first military act of the Iraq War, and was launched by the United States and the United Kingdom on March 20, 2003, with support from some other governments, making up what was described as the coalition of the willing. After about three weeks... Denver International Airport (IATA: DEN, ICAO: KDEN, FAA LID: DEN), often called DIA, is, by land size, the largest international airport in the United States, and the third largest international airport in the world, after only King Fahd International Airport[1], and Montréal-Mirabel International Airport. ...


U.S. military personnel and their families visit USO centers more than five million times each year.


A nonprofit, charitable organization, the USO receives donations from private citizens, foundations, organizations and corporations.


From 2002 to today, WWE — the world's largest wrestling federation — created a Tribute to the Troops special that is aired every Christmas evening in the United States. The WWE and USO visited Afghanistan and Iraq in recent times to entertain soldiers on the battlefields during the wars against the Taliban and Iraqi militias.[1] Also see: 2002 (number). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


Financials

Edward A. Powell is identified as current president & CEO, receiving compensation totalling $312,299 (2004 compensation, including annual salary, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances). It has a paid staff of approximately 240. Additionally, more than 26,000 USO volunteers provide an estimated 371,417 hours of service annually. As reported by the USO, the unpaid volunteer to paid employee ratio overseas is 20 to 1. Within the United States, the number is "significantly higher".


A former president is Vietnam veteran, Senator Chuck Hagel. Charles Timothy Chuck Hagel (born October 4, 1946) is the senior United States Senator from Nebraska. ...


The following information is based on USO's audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2004:

Source of Funds
In-kind contributions $70,979,951
Public appeals $21,741,417
USO center revenue $15,624,947
Corporate, foundation and individual giving $8,112,212
Investment income $3,490,272
Entertainment sponsorships $1,931,863
United Way, CFC and other federated $1,051,113
Rental and other income $300,099
Total Income $123,231,874
Expenses
Program expenses $100,904,086
Fund raising expenses $8,907,075
Administrative expenses $4,487,565
Total expenses $114,298,726


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In the news

In December 2003, the General Accounting Office (GAO) released a 40-page study which reported that the USO spent approximately $433,000 of government funds for luxury expenses, including 50 business- and first-class tickets worth about $76,000, limousine services and airport lounge costs of $3,054, alcohol, and $343,910 in various unsupported production support items and celebrity honorarium payments from 2000 through 2002. One example cited was the reimbursement of one unnamed celebrity $27,000, as well as a payment of $56,520 to an unnamed production tour manager, both without supporting documentation.


In a public response to the GAO report and the Los Angeles Times article surrounding it, the USO blamed the run-ups on inexperienced employees and poor bookkeeping, ultimately realigning the entertainment accounting function to full-time staff in their financial management office. They also reiterated the GAO report finding that there was no improper behavior on the part of any of the entertainers involved with the tours cited in the GAO report and no evidence of malfeasance on the part of any employees.


Notable modern entertainers

The following is a partial list of USO performers, since 2001.

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See also

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References

  1. ^ WWE: "WWE receives defense award." Retrieved June 3, 2007.

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United Service Organizations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (536 words)
The USO was founded in 1941 in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide morale and recreation services to uniformed military personnel.
The United Service Organizations, or USO, was incorporated in New York February 4, 1941.
The USO was a place to go for dances and social events, for movies and music, for a quiet place to talk or write a letter home, or for a free cup of coffee and a doughnut.
United States Secret Service - Free Encyclopedia (643 words)
The Secret Service has primary jurisdiction over counterfeiting of currency and the protection or bodyguard of the President, Vice President, their immediate families, past presidents and their spouses, certain candidates for the offices of President and Vice President, and visiting foreign heads of state (all called "protectees").
The Secret Service was commissioned on July 5, 1865 in Washington, D.C, to suppress counterfeit currency, which is why it was established under the Department of the Treasury.
The service has statutory authority to detain individuals deemed to be a danger to protectees, without a court determination that the individuals in question are mentally ill.
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