USO Wisconsin Month Passes Senate

Lassa Bill Commemorates 75th Anniversary of United Service Organizations

Madison — A bill to declare February, 2016 USO Wisconsin Month, authored by State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point), passed the State Senate today.  Next February marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Service Organizations, which provides food, entertainment, and support services to military personnel and their families, both at home and abroad.

            “Often when we think of the USO, we remember Bob Hope and other celebrities entertaining our troops overseas,” Sen. Lassa said. “The USO still provides food and entertainment to troops, but today it provides a range of other services as well, including preparing new recruits for military life, providing communication services to troops in the field, helping returning veterans transition to civilian life, supporting wounded veterans, and comforting the families of fallen soldiers. That is why I am proud that we can honor the work of this fine organization by declaring February 2016 as USO Wisconsin Month.”

            Sen. Lassa noted that last year, alone, the USO Wisconsin welcomed nearly 18,000 servicemen and women to its centers and had over 10,000 participants in its various programs designed to assist service members and their families. 

“I recently had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of the new Fort McCoy Forward Operating Base Freedom in my district, “she said. “The USO anticipates that this facility will receive more than 60,000 visits. USO Wisconsin Month will be a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about this important organization and its ongoing mission to serve those who serve our country.”

The resolution now goes to the Assembly for approval.