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What do you know about the USO?
Founded when, members, donations, % taken for administration, % spent to solicit donations, donations in 2014, CEO/Director salary, does it have a board of directors, does it have federal support of any kind, programs, most significant program? Supporting veterans as well as active duty? Military families as well as military. Still "donuts and coffee"? HQ in D. C., branch offices where?
The U.S.O. which started in 1941 with entertainment programs to keep-up the spirits of our service men and women.
The United Service Organizations Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families.
Founder: Franklin D. Roosevelt (D).
Donuts and coffee? I think you are confusing the USO with the Red Cross. The USO provided clubs where the troops could go for clean entertainment (emphasis on "clean").
I guess we never questioned the USO because when I was in college back in the Dark Ages, a small special group of singers from our choir was selected to sing for the troops overseas. I'm not sure where they went, but it may have been to Asia. It was around the time or just before the war started in Vietnam. I was so envious about not getting to go because I had chosen that year to drop out of school, and I'm not sure I would have been chosen to go. Anyway, the girls came home raving and glowing about the experience of being able to entertain the troops.
Apparently many celebrities like Bob Hope felt it worthwhile to entertain the troops through the USO. In the beginning when young women were solicited as USO hostesses, they were picked for their good morals, and they had to stay squeaky clean to be kept on. They were not entertainers of "that" kind. I don't know anything about their money or their funding. I just thank them for the good job they did entertaining veterans like my father and other relatives in the military during WWII and Korea, and my husband during the Vietnam Era.
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