COMBAT COVID-19: KEEP OUR MILITARY STRONG
As the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the military, and their families, the USO remains in close alignment with military commands and goes where no other nonprofit goes to support the emergent needs of our Armed Forces. With the scale and scope of the USO, we are best positioned to mobilize and help service members and military families being impacted by the coronavirus outbreak – at home and around the world.
THE NEED FOR SUPPORT
During this unprecedented time of social distancing, quarantines, and isolation, the USO’s mission of strengthening service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country is more critical than ever before. COVID-19 is a global health emergency impacting everyone. For our troops and military families, this pandemic is creating additional hardships for individuals who are already sacrificing while they continue to serve the county and carry out missions around the world.
ISOLATION: Thousands of troops and families restricted to base or ships and some are under precautionary quarantine or in isolation
DEPLOYMENT: National Guardsmen deployed to support civil authorities in areas being hit hardest by the coronavirus. Thousands are being called up
PCS SEASON: Travel restrictions enforced just as Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moving season begins with hundreds of families now separated from their items already shipped overseas
FAMILY: Military spouses, who often find themselves managing as a single parent, are now also dealing with childcare closures and homeschooling. Many are balancing this new normal while still working and some have lost their jobs
USO ARIZONA RESPONSE
As the COVID-19 outbreak is quickly evolving, the USO has pivoted resources across the county in an approach that helps care for military members and their families, while also aiding in reducing the spread of the virus. A few examples of USO Arizona’s support in action include:
Our Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport dry storage location is activated 365 days a year to support the product distribution efforts that support our local military commands and families. During this crisis we are supporting the military with hygiene and nutritional provisions(snacks, candy, gum, protein bars, jerky, chocolate, and nuts).
We are supporting the service members who are quarantined and restricted to dorms at U.S. Army Fort Huachuca, Davis-Monthan AFB, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Yuma Proving Ground and Luke AFB.
We are adapting some traditional center programs for virtual delivery, including entertainment engagements, story time for families, and popular military spouse programming like “Coffee Connections” networking events and “Discovering Your Spark” workshops.
Our MEPS mission support continues to provide the applicants and family members with nutritional provisions water and hot coffee service. Our USO logistics team coordinates the sorting and transport of nutritional provisions to support the applicants and their family members.
WE NEED THEM. THEY NEED US. WE NEED YOU. JOIN US.
To ensure the USO keeps pace with emerging needs and opportunities as the Coronavirus evolves, we have launched the Combat COVID-19 Initiative to raise $3 Million in new resources to support needs described above and innovations in mission delivery in a rapidly shifting landscape of need.
For more information please contact Carla J. Garcia, USO Arizona Senior Director, at 480-220-0237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Continue on uso.org