AUSTIN (KXAN) — Greater than 100,000 U.S. troops have been deployed and stationed in Europe since Russia launched its first assault on Ukraine in February, in keeping with United Providers Group information.
“About 20,000 extra are rotating in Japanese Europe,” stated USO CEO and President JD Crouch.
Crouch just lately returned from a tour of troops in Japanese Europe.
“They’re deployed in very distant areas, they’re dwelling in tents, , with little or no amenities. It’s going to be an extended, chilly winter for the army that’s deployed there. That’s the place the USO is available in.”
Since 1941, the USO has been offering leisure and scorching meals to army personnel throughout the holidays, whereas connecting service members abroad with household again residence.
“One in every of my favourite exhibits is when somebody can learn a goodnight story to their cherished one at residence, or we’re going to ensure that tape and that guide get into the palms of that child to allow them to see dad or mother ,” Crouch stated.
A part of a latest USO survey discovered that many People don’t know a lot about Japanese European service members, however 86 p.c of respondents stated service members deployed abroad deserve the assist of the American folks.
“You’ll be able to volunteer, you possibly can present sources. We now have plenty of info on that on our web site,” Crouch stated. “In case you see service personnel on the airport this 12 months, go up and say whats up, thank them for his or her service, speak to them. You’ll be very happy with the folks you meet.”
Donate or volunteer for the USO, go to its web site.