Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, USO facility operations have been temporarily suspended at this location. This decision has been made in order to maintain a safe environment and to avoid unnecessary risks of exposure, prioritizing the safety and health of our service members, their families, our volunteers and staff members. We will continue to support service members and their families safely through outreach and other types of program offerings as the situation evolves. USO will evaluate operational status on a weekly basis and will resume full operations as soon as possible. We remain committed to responsibly supporting our service members and their families across the United States and overseas.
For more information and to stay up to date on location status, please download the USO Mobile app available for iOS and Android or visit uso.org/coronavirus
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 ALASKA RESPONSE
As the COVID-19 outbreak is quickly evolving, the USO has pivoted resources across the state in an approach that helps care for military members and their families, while also aiding in reducing the spread of the virus. There is no time in recent history that the USO is playing a more critical role in the morale of our military, especially in Alaska where we already struggle with isolation and darkness. A few examples of USO Alaska’s support in action include:
We are sending unit and family morale boxes, Birthday boxes, wellness boxes and activity boxes for children. Every Service Member and or Family, have a different but same story. Stuck at home or working long hours… feeling isolated. The normal is not normal anymore. Kids at home. Moves put on hold. Birthdays put on hold. Holidays celebrated a little differently. USO Alaska is working to break the monotony of physical distancing in Alaska’s military force ensuring we are serving every branch of the military.
We are sending cornhole boards and other safe distance activities to the barracks hallways for perfectly distanced entertainment. Our service members are on a stop movement order right now and non-essential are confined to their barracks or dorms. We want to encourage physical distancing but not social isolation in an already difficult situation.
While this is a time that requires innovative programming, we have able to re-direct many of our programs to a virtual platform. From cooking classes, concerts, story time for children, art classes, live Q&A’s with celebrities and so much more.
We are providing meals and snacks to essential and non-essential military supporting our local businesses and lifting the spirits of our troops.
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.
To support the USO, please contact Brett Banks, USO Alaska Executive Director, at (907) 775-9023 or BBanks@uso.org.Continue on uso.org