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USO Fort Hood

  • USO Fort Hood – lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.

 

  • Population Served:

 

  • Nearly 101,100 troops and military family members annually who pass through Fort Hood based USO Centers, to use computers, send a fax, enjoy a snack or relaxing playing on a game system or watch a movie.
  • 68,596 troops and family members were served through deployments support, welcome home ceremonies and family programs.
  • 147,600 Soldiers, Airmen and their families who are based in the greater Fort Hood area

 

  • Locations:
    • USO Center – south containment: Bldg. 1871, 50th Street
    • USO Center – north containment: Bldg. 56480 12th Street
    • USO Dayroom – west containment:Bldg 92220 Mohawk
    • Operations & Administrative Center: Bldg. 44, 50th Street

 

  • USO Fort Hood – Services and Programs:
  • For Troops

 

  • USO Centers providing a ‘touch of home’ atmosphere where we convey the public’s appreciation for our military. Amenities include free Internet and e-mail access, faxing and printing capabilities, video gaming rooms, TVs, lounge chairs, reading rooms, Movie Theater and snack bar. USO volunteers are on-hand to assist with sending and receiving faxes, issuing games and controllers and providing service with a smile in our snack bar. Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday – Friday | 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
  • North Fort Hood Center Amentities include laptop computers with access to internet and email access, video game stations, gathering tables, TV viewing areas, pool tables, Library and snack bar. Hours: Thursday – Friday 5:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m | Saturday and Sunday 1:00 –p.m – 10:00 p.m
  • Deployments providing a variety of beverages and snacks for our Troops prior to deploying to Afghanistan.

 

  • United Through Reading. ®

The hardest hit members of a military family are often the youngest. Day-to-day life without a parent can be sad and confusing. So imagine the thrill on a child’s face when he or she sees and hears a bedtime story read by mom or dad. The USO partnership with United Through Reading® allows our deployed troops the ability to read their kids a bedtime book and virtually be there, even when they can’t be there in-person. Servicemen and women simply read a book aloud while being recorded on DVD for their child. The DVD and book are mailed to the child and family back home. All recording equipment, books, packing and shipping materials are supplied by the USO.

 

 

  • For Military Families
    • With You All the Way

The USO offers With You All the Way support kits that help children and caregivers as they cope with serious issues such as deployment, separation and reintegration. The kit’s contents vary by audience, but all contain a journal to encourage children to face their fears and anxieties, document joyful days and overall express those feelings unique to their military childhood. For those children whose loved one returns home with a visible and/or invisible wound, the USO and Trevor Romain offer support in the form of tailored presentations and support kits to help them cope with the challenges of reintegration and their “new normal.” When children are faced with the ultimate sacrifice, the loss of their loved one, the With You All the Way program provides memory boxes and comfort kits with comprehensive resources that are informative and most importantly, supportive for children and their families coping with loss.

 

  • Welcome Home – While families gather on parade fields, gyms and unit headquarters, the USO Fort Hood is there to serve cold/ hot beverages and snacks while they wait to be reunited with their loved ones after being seprated due to deployment.

 

 

  • USO Story Time Early Literacy Workshop

This workshop engages military families with preschoolers 0-4 years of age on a

Bi-weekly basis offering a whole grain breakfast, coffee for the parents, followed by Reading Time where the featured book is read aloud to the group, and finishes up with Craft Time helping the little ones develop their fine motor skills appropriate to their age level. All featured books possess a positive self-image and positive family values. We encourage the parents to be just as involved in this workshop as their child. Studies have shown that parent to child reading experiences helps in later grade levels and learning habits.

  • Movies on the Lawn

A mobile program bringing an evening of family entertainment to communities on Fort Hood. Once a month from April to October the USO Fort Hood travels to military housing areas to set up a 20 foot inflatable screen to show a family friendly movie serve a variety of movie time snacks and drinks.

  • Family Game Night – Unplugged

This program engages military families to come together on a monthly basis to play classic board games. Game provided for every age group to enhance communication and help with promoting team building. Each event offers a light dinner and refreshments.

  • Coupon Classes

Weekly we will offer classes for Military Spouses to learn how to maximize their spending power by using coupons.

  • Couples Date Night

Movie nights under the Texas Stars for Military Couples, once a month couples can reserve a table for two, select their dinner choice and watch a classic love story on our inflatable movie screen.

 

For Wounded, Ill and Injured:

  • USO-Fort Hood sponsored physical fitness center within the brigade footprint allows wounded, ill and injured service members a more intimate and private setting to work out in.
  • Lounge within the Warrior Transition Brigade barracks building gives Soldiers and Family members a quiet place to relax.
  • Transition workshops with best in class partner Hire Hero’s USA and Career Development Days
  • Oxygen Relationship seminars
  • Cultural and Recreational Activities.

 

For Families of the Fallen:

  • USO Centers coordinate with the causality assistance officer and USO Families of the Fallen program, escorting family members along the route of the dignified transfer of fallen service members’ remains.
  • Partnership with best in class organizations – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors ( T.A.P.S ) annual Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp and Children of the Fallen Day Camp.
  • The Trevor Romain Memory Box is customized to meet a child's specific needs when dealing with the loss of a family member and contains educational and comforting resources.

 

 

Major Donors: USO-Fort Hood’s services are made possible by our donor partners, to include Cove Meadows Corporation, McLane Advanced Technologies, Fort Hood Area Thrift Shop, Fort Hood Officers Spouses Club, Mars North America, AT&T Veterans, HEB and JC Penny

 

Financials: USO-Fort Hood is the local branch of the USO, a private, non-profit, non-governmental organization that has earned the status as a Charity Navigator 4-Star Charity, a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, and a GuideStar.org Valued Partner. Ninety percent of USO resources are spent on program-related activities. The USO’s most recent financial statements are available publicly at www.uso.org and our tax ID number is 13-1610451.

 

Contact: Robin B. Crouse, Director,email:rcrouse@uso.org

                Bldg. 1871, 50th Street, Fort Hood Texas 76544

 

Website: www.uso.org/forthood

Facebook: facebook.com/USOFortHood

Twitter: @USOFORTHOOD

Donate: www.uso.org/donateforthood

Volunteer: www.usovolunteer.org

 

 

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