At the end of 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed that moving forward February 4 would be known as USO Day and urged the people of the United States to give their enthusiastic support to the United Service Organizations. The USO started back in 1941 with the mission of providing morale and recreational services to the U.S. servicemen. During WWII the tradition of providing entertainment to troops serving overseas was started to help morale and to bring a piece of home to our soldiers. Today the USO has more than 160 centers worldwide to continue to provide programs and entertainment to our U.S. servicemen and their families.
On this USO Day, we also honor another organization who strives to help our servicemen and women, the Warrior Flight Team. Their mission is to help wounded vets get the education needed to find their next career after they can no longer serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Learn more about the team’s work and read the story of Eli, a wounded vet who started his aviation career with the help of the team. Like many of the USO folks, the Warrior Flight Team is made up of volunteers. They give their time and skills to help our veterans. Get to know two of the members, Sweet Pea and Crunchy, in our Warrior Flight Team Profile Series.