The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
The James S. McDonnell USO, located on the lower level of Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, was established in 1981 and named for James S. McDonnell, founder of McDonnell Aircraft.
In mid-2006, the 18,000 sq ft. Ft. Leonard Wood USO was added to the services lines of the USO of Missouri.
The Terminal 2 Satellite facility, located on the lower level of Terminal 2 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, was established in 2007 and made possible by the generosity of the Joan and Vern Wendt family.
Two USO Mobile units were added in 2015 and 2016. The program was started in 2005. The units travels throughout Missouri and Illinois to take the services and the USO spirit straight to the troops.
Since 1981, over 5 million traveling military and their families have benefited from the services provided by the USO of Missouri, Inc.
- The USO of Missouri provides services and smiles to more than 209,000 military personnel and their families annually.
- The USO of Missouri and all outreach functions are governed by a board of directors and funded solely by the generosity of our donors.
- The USO of Missouri serves the military and their families in the state of Missouri and the Illinois counties of Jersey, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair.
- The USO of Missouri is not funded by the government, military or the United Way. We are not part of the Department of Defense. We are financially independent from the National USO.
History of the USO (United Service Organizations)
The USO, or United Service Organizations, was founded on February 5, 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The USO is chartered by Congress as a non-profit charitable corporation and endorsed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense.
Each President of the United States has been the Honorary Chairman of the USO since it’s inception.
During WWII, the USO was best known as a place for coffee and donuts or relaxing at a dance.
Today’s USO is a multi-program, full-service agency, responding to the morale, welfare and recreational needs of the military community.