Volume IV | April 2019
April 2019 Newsletter
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
Operation Cookie Drop 2019
Thank you to the Girl Scouts of America for their annual USO Northwest Cookie Drop.

This year, the USO Northwest received over 60,000 boxes of cookies from the Girl Scouts of America to distribute to active duty military and their families from our Shali Center. It took over 3 semi trucks and several moving trucks to transport all those cookies to our center on base.
There was a line around the block of trucks representing different military units and family readiness groups from all across Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Over half of the cookies were distributed the first day and the rest were given out by the end of the week!

Nothing says home sweet home like a box of Girl Scout cookies!

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington are the Force Behind The Forces.
View additional event photos HERE
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Here's the kicker , when we reach 5,000 texts, Tito's Handmade Vodka will  double their support  and donate $10,000 to the USO Northwest!

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Sea-Tac Center
Puget Sound Honor Flight:
Puget Sound Honor Flight (PSHF) is an organization that flies Veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to Washington DC to visit museums and memorials. The Veterans are honored throughout the weekend and are given a special “Welcome Home Ceremony” when they return to Sea-Tac International Airport. Some may not have had a ceremony when they returned from their respective wars.

The most recent Puget Sound Honor Flight returned to Sea-Tac on April 23th. King 5 News was on site to capture the moment. You can see their story HERE .





Tim Cascade Snacks:
Soldiers and sailors in their dress uniforms at our Sea-Tac Center fueling up with some Tim's Cascade Chips before welcoming home our WWII and Korean War Veterans returning from their Honor Flight.

Tim's Cascade Snacks is a proud sponsor of the USO Northwest. They donate 10,000 bags of Tim's Chips each month! This fills an essential need at all of our centers. With nearly every sandwich and hot dog eaten, service members grab a bag of chips to go with it. With over 80,000 sandwiches and hot dogs served in 2018 at our 4 centers and mobile events... that is a lot of chips. A special "Thank You" to our friends at Tim's Chips for their generous donation. Nothing better than the crunching sound echoing throughout our USO centers!

More USO Northwest stories HERE
Shali Center
April No-Dough Meal:
 Our No Dough meals provide a free meal once a month for service members and families of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This month’s No Dough Meal was sponsored by Jim and Evelyn Zachor as well as John and Charlene Guardia.

It is a unique and uplifting opportunity to bring together friends and neighbors in a casual, family-friendly, environment. Military parents get a night off from kitchen duty and the military children have a chance to make new friends, all while enjoying a hearty meal provided by the volunteers and staff of the USO-NW Shali Center... FULL STORY HERE
Mini Cookie Drop:
First year Junior Girl Scout Troop 45291 from Gig Harbor came by and dropped off over 200 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies at our Shali Center!

The girls voted to donate to the military because of all the service they and their families provide for our country. Afterwards we treated them to a tour of the center and some lunch.

Thank you to Troop 45291 and  Girl Scouts of Western Washington  for your generosity and being the  Force Behind The Forces
Camp Lewis Center
Coffee Connections
On Thursday the 18th, we hosted our April Coffee Connection for Military Spouses. It was another success!

The spouses were able to network, share advise, and catch up since they last time they saw each other at the previous month's event. In addition to another raffle and USO coffee mugs, everyone who attended received a swag bag courtesy of Mary Kay!

We hope these events become a place for networking, a place to meet with other military spouses who share similar experiences and catch up with one another each month. If you have not made it to an event, please join us next month (May 15th, Camp Lewis Center) to see what you have been missing.







Helping Hands Program:
The Camp Lewis Center has become the distribution hub for our Helping Hands Program. This month we provided checks to 10 units totaling over $2,000. The Helping Hands Program enables our military to spend valuable time together with their families as a unit. April's distributed funds supported unit Easter Egg Hunts, Spring flings, and spouse events.
 
If you would like to hold a donation drive to support the USO Camp Lewis Center, contact Christine Vu at lewismanager@usonw.org to find out more.


" We thank you all incredibly for your help in our eggstravaganza!! We were able to invite families together while soldiers are away on their mission! The USO helped children paint their eggs and find them around our squadro n"

-1st Lt. Luke Ranum
1-14 Cav Easter Eggstravaganza
Portland Center
Marlowe at attention
Dignified Transfer:
The USO Northwest's Portland Center supported the Dignified Transfer of U.S. Army Sgt. Bryan Parker. This event was also supported by the Patriot Guard Riders, the TSA Flag Team, Port of Portland Police and Fire, and a motorcycle escort team.

Lastly, Marlowe stood at attention for nearly the whole ceremony.
The USO Northwest Portland Center at the Portland International Airport is open 7 days a week to support current service members, their families, and military retirees (on a space available basis). The center is located on the Mezzanine level prior to security checkpoints.
Mobile Center
After taking over the Mobile USO Program, Dan Lochner wasted no time at all getting all three Mobile USO units up and running.

Prioirity number one was getting the 32’ “Camo" Winnebago back in operation. To do this, the old flooring was removed and new flooring installed in the cab and main cabin. Addition, water storage with faucets were installed for drink distribution. Next, the entire interior was deep cleaned and everything put in working order. Lastly, we put a new grill on board. After these upgrades it passed inspection!

Next we had to get the new Nissan Cargo Van up to snuff. It had shelving installed for transporting food items. A “jump” style passenger seat was installed for an additional 1-2 passengers. It too then received a new grill.

Last but not least, the “Old” Blue Nissan Cargo Van received the same deep cleaning treatment. It was deep cleaned and decluttered with plans for the “jump” seat and water storage upgrades.

For the first time in recent memory all our Mobile USO’s are at full operation and spreading USO hospitality to our service members across the Puget Sound and beyond. 

Our three Mobile USOs serve our military and their families at more than 300 events each year – expanding our reach and the number of service members and their families we serve.

You will find our Mobile USOs at
pre-deployment parties, homecoming celebrations, unit activities on military installations and many other special event activities throughout Washington and Oregon.


Sign up for Mobile USO HERE
Service Spotlight
Mariners Salute to Armed Forces Night: The Seattle Mariners hosted a special pregame program honoring the United States Armed Forces, service veterans, and support organizations at T-Mobile Park Friday April 13th, 2019.

Each service was represented. Starting with the senior commanders of each branch receiving a plaque from the Mariners thanking them for their service. 

Then enlisted service members of each branch walked out on the field down the third and first base lines to be recognized. In addition to the military members, several military service organisations walked out with them, including the USO Northwest. 

The inter-service color guard came out on to the field and presented the colors, then both the Mariners and the Astros joined the service members out on the field for the National Anthem. 

Lastly, a representative from each service was chosen to throw out a pre-game pitch. 

We salute you and appreciate your service every day.
Upcoming Events
Enjoy our fun tropical beach theme, with terrific people, each ticket includes dinner, unlimited drinks, candy/dessert bar, 5 raffle tickets, spin-wheel game, heads and tails game, photo booth, and a silent auction–all in the name of raising funds and awareness for three tremendous nonprofit organizations, including the USO Northwest!

Salute the Armed Forces Day at Emerald Downs is proudly supported by the USO Northwest. This event is free to active duty military, dependents, and veterans with ID or verification. Enjoy the thrill and sounds of the horses thundering down the final stretch!
The USO-NW Red, White & Blue Golf Classic is the Northwest's premier golf tournament and auction benefiting the USO-NW and our local military families. Join 350+ golfers, spectators, local celebrities, and military heroes from all six service branches for a world-class golf event spanning two courses, an 18-gun salute from the US Marines, a special performance of our National Anthem, an aircraft flyover, award-winning Northwest cuisine and much more!

We will need volunteers for a variety of positions, a description of the positions along with the official arrival & departure time are listed below. Please leave your email address and a contact phone number. You can also email the USO-NW Event Manager at  events@usonw.org with questions.

To register as a sponsor or individual golfer for our USO-NW’s Red, White & Blue Golf Classic  click HERE

If you are a active-duty service member and would like to sign up on our military golfer waitlist  click HERE

If you would like to sign up to volunteer at our USO-NW Golf Classic  click HERE
USO is not a government agency. We rely on donations from individuals like you -- to support the programs that have the most impact on the lives of our military service members. 

Thanks to YOU, USO Northwest served over 800,000 service members and their families last year -- but we didn't do it alone.
  
You donation will enable USO Northwest to continue to offer the programs that have the greatest impact for our military and their families. 

Your support does make an impact as 91¢ out of every $1 you donate to the USO Northwest goes directly to serve our service members and their families.