Armed Forces News

The United Service Organizations has distributed more than 300,000 Operation USO Care Packages to troops since the program began in September 2002. The packages contain items specifically requested by members serving in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, such as prepaid international calling cards, disposable cameras, toiletries, snacks and playing cards. Expanding its outreach to troops, the USO has opened centers in Kuwait, Qatar and Vicenza, Italy. The Qatar center offers troops a 96-hour pass through the Rest and Recuperation Program. Another special program for deployed troops is USO Operation Phone Home. Donations to this program help the USO purchase prepaid, international calling cards for deployed service members. The USO also has increased the number of celebrity entertainment tours both overseas and stateside where it holds “welcome home” celebrations. To support USO programs, call (800) USO-7469 toll free or visit