I recently completed the process to become a volunteer with the USO of Missouri at Lambert Airport in St. Louis. Having visited many USOs around the world during my Air Force career, I’m excited to continue serving by supporting our nation’s heroes and their families.
According to the USO of Missouri web site, “the USO of Missouri is a private, non-profit organization, whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare, and recreation-type services to our military personnel and their families.” The James S. McDonnell USO at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, named for the founder of McDonnell Aircraft, has served over 4 million traveling military personnel since 1981. The USO of Missouri is responsible for serving the state of Missouri and the Illinois counties of Madison, Jersey, St. Clair, and Monroe. In addition to operating two locations in Lambert International Airport, the USO of Missouri also operates a facility at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri and a mobile van that reaches military personnel and their families where and when they need us.
I was not aware that the USO of Missouri does not receive funding from the government, the military or the United Way. Also, the USO of Missouri is financially independent from the National USO which means that we conduct our own local fundraising efforts which ensures that donations received stay in the Missouri/St. Louis/Metro East areas.