According to the Department of Defense (DoD), a military support organization is any organization that supports service members and military families through military programs in areas such as employment beyond the military, education, financial assistance and overall well-being.
It is also important to note the difference between a military support organization that supports active-duty service members and their families versus a veteran organization, which supports service members after they have left service.
What Does a Military Support Organization Do?
For a military support organization, the primary focus is ensuring that the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guard members and Marines currently serving in the Armed Forces – as well as their military spouses and dependents – have the support they need to carry out their mission. So, who can go to the USO for that support? Active duty service members, reservists, National Guard members and military families.
With more than 250 locations around the world and a force of thousands of volunteers, their mission is to ensure that service members are connected to family, home and country no matter where their service takes them. By doing so, service members are bolstered, supported and can focus on the crucial work they do every day to keep us safe.
For those troops on the front lines, military support organization centers are often the only refuge for service members to take a moment to themselves. They serve as a lifeline between service members and their loved ones back home, with access to free Wi-Fi, internet, phones and programs.
No matter the challenge or where they are serving, military support organizations are there to ensure America’s service members and military families receive the care, resources and support they need to carry out their mission in service to this country.