As a proud veteran of the United States Navy, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the men and women of the United States military that dedicate their lives to serving their country. It’s something many people don’t think a lot about – but the one’s that do will truly have their lives changed forever. And, I also find myself supporting agencies/businesses that appreciate all that’s being done by our military personnel and their families. That’s why I’m thrilled with the work that’s being done by the USO of Missouri.
The USO, or United Service Organization of Missouri is a private, non-profit organization, whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our military personnel and their families. It was founded nationally in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and during WWII, was best known as a place for coffee and donuts or relaxing at a dance. Today the USO is a multi-program, full-service agency, responding to the morale, welfare and recreational needs of the military community.
In Missouri, we’re honored to have several USO locations supporting our troops and families. There are currently 2 locations at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, one mobile USO that travels throughout Missouri and Illinois and in mid-2006, a USO was opened at the Ft. Leonard Wood location. Since 1981, over 5 million brave young men and women travel through their facilities. Whether it’s a young Sailor en route to boot camp or an Army Colonel heading overseas to protect our freedom, with the help of volunteers, these facilities provide a place to unwind from the everyday stresses of being in the military.
A full spectrum of services is offered to military personnel and their dependents and is FREE. Things like recliners for relaxing or reading, beverages and snacks, a large media room with TV and BluRay player, Wi-Fi, a gaming area and even a fully equipped nursery/playroom.
More than 700 dedicated volunteers work to keep the doors open and serve those who are serving us. And, as you can imagine, they’re always looking for help. So I ask you to please honor your military men and women and just give them a few hours of your time to show your appreciation for everything they do. Check out the “volunteer info” for additional information and to volunteer your time.
As I set out on my #GLSTL25 effort I will be committing at least 25 hours of service at the Lambert-St. Louis Airport USO and I can’t wait to get started. It’s the least I can do.