“The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families”
Frequently Asked Questions
The United Service Organizations (USO) was formed in 1941 in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt that private organizations handle the on-leave recreation of the U.S. Armed Forces. Six civilian agencies: the Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association, and the National Jewish Welfare Board coordinated their efforts to provide services that were not duplicated or overlooked. As a result, the USO center was born. Despite the conflicts and uncertainty of the decades that followed, the USO center had endured and continues to be regarded as a “Home Away From Home” for the U.S. Armed forces and their families.
Although the USO operated dozens of centers on the Peninsula and Southside during WWII, anti-military sentiments and budget cuts during the 1970’s diminished the USO presence for more than a decade.
The current USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia traces it’s history back to 1984, to create a place where members of the military and their family could go for support and recreation. The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia was chartered in 1984 as a non-profit organization 501 c(3) that depends on 100% on charitable donations. It serves approximately 450,000 military members and their families annually at eleven locations.
What is the mission of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia?
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
It is the mission of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia to enhance the quality of life and public support for armed service members and their families.
Is the USO part of the U.S. government?
The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia is a non-governmental, but congressionally chartered organization. (Reference document: Department of Defense Directive 1330.12 of November 01, 2000) The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia depends on the generosity of individuals and corporations to fund its programs and services. We receive no direct financial government support.
What type of programs does the USO offer to military personnel and their families?
The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia has eleven centers throughout Virginia. Each center is responsible for developing center activities and programs and works closely with the Administrative office to provide a wide variety of assistance and outreach to fit the needs of military members and their families. Some of these programs include: emergency lodging, mobile outreach, orientation, information and referral, special holiday programs, summer concerts, military appreciation days and Flightline canteens.
Where can I go to get help from the USO?
Military members and their families who need assistance or who would like to participate in USO activities may contact their nearest USO Center.
What can I do to help the USO?
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. People who wish to volunteer should contact the USOHRCV Administrative office at 757-337-4447 or fill out a volunteer form. Individuals wishing to make a financial donation to the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia may send a check to: P.O. Box 7250 Hampton, Virginia 23666-0250 Individuals or corporations wishing to become sponsors may contact the USO of Hampton Roads at 757-337-4447 x 105.
May I see a copy of your IRS 990?
Yes, you may download our IRS 990 here.