The USO is turning 72 on Monday, February 4, and NEEDS YOUR HELP! They will be conducting a telethon from 7AM to 7PM to raise funds for all of the services they provide for the men and women serving in the military and their families. Donations over $25 will receive a free USO T-shirt!
The Number to donate is 1-855-876-4438. You can donate online here.
About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. It provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad. The USO also provides critical support to those who need it most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. All of its programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of USO volunteers and staff.
USO Fort Riley
Construction for the USO began Veterans Day 2009, and the center opened for business May 25, 2010. The 7,000-plus square foot facility is co-located with Arts and Crafts and the Information, Ticketing and Registration office on Fort Riley’s Custer Hill. In just 100 days, 10,000 visitors enjoyed the “home away from home” ambiance of the USO. And since its opening, the center has logged nearly 90,000 visits.
The center is open 365 days a year and provides troops and their families with access to:
- Free phone calls home
- Free WiFi Internet access and 9 computer workstations
- Library with free books they may keep
- Family room
- Conference room
- Snack bar area with free drinks and snacks
- Entertainment area featuring Xbox 360 and PS3 video gaming consoles as well as a Nintendo Wii area; pool, foosball, air hockey, poker and shuffleboard tables
- 9 large screen televisions with DirecTV; Movie theater with a 65” TV and Blu-Ray player
- Comfortable living room-style seating and two fireplace lounge areas
- United Through Reading® Military Program – deploying troops can read books on DVD, which are mailed home to the families
The center is not all that the USO does at Fort Riley. Programs began in 2009 before the center opened, and include:
- No Dough Dinners – Free dinner just before pay day for 300 troops and families
- Single service member homecoming kits – small toiletry kits for returning troops to get them through the first 24 hours they are home
- Soldier Readiness Processing Center snack corner - free snacks, beverages to deploying and returning troops
- Warrior Transition Battalion Day Rooms – day rooms for our wounded warriors
- Special events – Sesame Street, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Family Fun Day, etc.
- Operation Warm Start – Providing breakfast and paying for lunch for families of our fallen troops on the day of their soldiers’ memorials at the installation.
Since we began offering services in 2009, we have helped troops and their families more than 320,000 times.
The USO is staffed by two full-time employees and an average of 50 volunteers a month. Volunteers have contributed more than 13,100 hours of service last year alone.
The USO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that receives no local United Way funding and is not a government agency. Financial and in-kind donations, as well as the hard work of volunteers keep the center running. Our 2013 annual goal is to raise $75,000 to continue to support the troops and their families.
Our mission is simple: to take care of troops and their families, Until Everyone Comes Home®.