Home Away from Home: The Story of the USO

Home Away from Home: The Story of the USO

Home Away from Home: The Story of the USO

Home Away from Home: The Story of the USO

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At the first mass meeting of the USO (the United Service Organizations, Incorporated) held in Washington on April 17, 1941, the essential features of the new organization were made clear by military and civilian leaders.

Six national Agencies were to compose it: the International Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations, the National Board of Young Women's Christian Associations, the National Catholic Community Service, The Salvation Army, the National Jewish Welfare Board, and The National Travelers Aid Association.

It was to be financed by the American people through voluntary contributions, not by Government funds.

Its work was to be under the general direction of the Army and the Navy. Its budgets were to be approved by the Government which in turn had agreed to erect some three hundred buildings for its use.

The USO's field of work is stated in its Constitution and By-Laws: "to aid in the war and defense program of the United States and its Allies by serving the religious, spiritual, welfare, and educational needs of the men and women in the armed forces and the war and defense industries of the United States and its Allies in the United States and throughout the world, and in general, to contribute to the maintenance of morale in American communities and elsewhere. . . . . . . . . ."

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