(StatePoint) While it’s always the right time of year to show your support for the U.S. Military, the summer season offers a special opportunity to do so.
The annual USO T-Shirt Campaign, which runs through the end of July, boosts the morale of those in uniform by showing them they’re never forgotten. The campaign also helps connect civilians with the military community and raises critical funds for the USO’s mission.
The USO -- a private, non-profit organization -- has been a “Force Behind the Forces” for more than 80 years, connecting service members to loved ones back home and providing a broad range of programs and services to keep military families strong from the moment they join, through possible deployments, and as they transition back to their communities. With thousands of U.S. troops currently deployed throughout Eastern Europe in support of NATO allies, the work of the USO is especially valued by the Armed Forces right now.
By donating to the USO and wearing the “Official Uniform of the Military Supporter,” you’ll be in good company. Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan, along with members of the rock band Foreigner, are among the proud USO supporters who’ve recently been spotted sporting this year’s T-shirt.
Other talent showing their support includes Iliza Shlesinger, Scotty McCreery, Chris Jacobs, Corey LaJoie, Jane Campbell, and several others.
To get involved, visit https://www.uso.org/22shirt to make your donation and receive your shirt -- then share on social media using the hashtag #USOTShirt to let friends and family know about this fun and easy way of uniting our communities around supporting service members and military families.
“Simple gestures can mean a lot,” says USO’s Christopher Plamp, senior vice president for Operations, Programs and Entertainment. “Wearing the USO T-Shirt expresses your gratitude for the military serving around the world who protect the country and answer the call when emergencies and natural disasters strike.”