New Ways the USO is Try­ing to Help

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USO on Wheels

This year, a new tricked-out RV— fea­tur­ing two 65-inch TVs, five Xbox gam­ing sys­tems, wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity and ex­te­rior and in­te­rior sound sys­tems—joins the USO’s fleet of Mo­bile USOs, which travel to big mil­i­tary events and ex­er­cises to pro­vide a place for troops to re­lax and use Wi-Fi dur­ing down­time.

The USO will al­ways con­jure up vi­sions of Bob Hope vis­it­ing wartime mil­i­tary bases. In its 75th year, the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion still counts on celebs (Bradley Cooper, above right) to cheer the troops, but also ad­dresses the chang­ing needs of ser­vi­cepeo­ple and their fam­i­lies— throw­ing baby show­ers for ex­pec­tant moms mar­ried to those away on ac­tive duty, hir­ing mo­ti­va­tional speak­ers to help mil­i­tary chil­dren build self-con­fi­dence and of­fer­ing ca­reer coun­sel­ing for veter­ans.

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