USO of Hampton Roads has Centers throughout the area specifically
designed to offer support and service to the military and their
families in Southeast Virginia through Information and Referral,
Quality of Life, and Family Outreach Programs.
service centers are the backbone of the USO of Hampton Roads.
Each center is responsible for developing center activities, and
works closely with the Administrative Office to provide a wide
variety of assistance and outreach to fit the needs of military
members and their families. Below is a list of some program activities
and events we offer:
check our calendar
for specific dates and times for each program.
and Referral –
USO of Hampton Roads provides a link between the military and
civilian community. Information services are available and provide:
community welcome packets, maps, travel brochures, cultural information,
entertainment, hotel/motel and restaurant listings, social service
programs, as well as information on all local services and programs
offered by the surrounding military installations. USO also provides
referrals and follow-up services for those needing future assistance.
Staff and volunteers visit community events, shopping centers,
military bases, and other locations on request, to provide and
distribute information about USOHR programs and services and other
Hampton Roads family-support agencies.
USO of Hampton Roads regularly attends military orientations for
personnel reporting to local military installations.
The USOHR website is a valuable resource that provides information
to the military and local community about USO programs and services.
The website also highlights the monthly newsletter that provides
updates, center activities, and military specials and recognizes
individuals and organizations for their support of the USO. Individuals
interested in volunteering with the USO of Hampton Roads can visit
the website to fill out an online volunteer
USO of Hampton Roads operates a “Flightline Canteen” at
Langley Air Force Base and out of our AMC Terminal Center for
all local military deploying in support of overseas operations.
Military members are treated to warm smiles, goodies and USO
Care Packages which contain prepaid international phone cards,
snacks, sunscreen, disposable cameras, toiletries, compact discs
and other items requested by service men and women.
Appreciation Day at The Virginia Zoo -
As part of the yearly Fleet Week festivities in Hampton Roads,
USOHR and the Virginia Zoo honor all active duty military and
their families by providing free admission to the Zoo, children’s
games, inflatable rides and military demonstrations.
Holiday Party -
The USO of Hampton Roads hosts an annual holiday party and provides
food, games, and entertainment for all military families in the
Hampton Roads area. Family members of deployed military personnel
have the opportunity to record video messages to loved ones after
the show. The recorded messages are sent
on video to bring comfort and a piece of home to deployed units
Way Day of Caring -
The kick off day for the United Way/CFC Campaign brings the USO
together with the community to help those in need. Each year the
USOHR staff and volunteers spend the day with patients at the
local VA Hospital in Hampton hosting a picnic, playing games and
providing entertainment to bring a “touch of home”
to those who once served this great nation.
For over 18 years the USO of Hampton Roads has offered the “Adopt-A-Serviceperson”
program during Thanksgiving to provide a “home for the holiday”
atmosphere for single soldiers who cannot be with their loved
ones during this time of year. This USO program pairs host families
throughout Hampton Roads with single military service personnel
to spend Thanksgiving Day together.
December the USOHR assists local military families who are facing
difficult times. Families are referred to the USO by the service
member’s command, Military Family Support Centers, or outside
agencies and are often low ranking, single parents, or have children
with special needs. These families are then “adopted” by
local individuals and organizations who buy gifts and food to help
these families have a happy holiday season.
Emergency Lodging –
With the generous support of private hotels/motels in the area,
short-term lodging may be provided for military members and their
families on an emergency basis.
Family Member Day -
Each year the USO and Paramount’s Kings Dominion offers
a day of fun for military families who have children with serious
or life threatening illnesses and children who are wheelchair
bound. Through the USO and the parks’ staff, with the
support of the Joint Military Exceptional Family Member Committee,
arrangements are made for free admission into the Park, medical
staff to be on hand, handicap accessibility to rides and a
Eustis Spouse Appreciation Day
Each spring the USO sponsors a spouse appreciation day at Ft.
Eustis. The event is a carnival-like atmosphere with plenty of
food and fun.
Day at Ft. Monroe -
Kid’s Day is an annual event that takes place each August
at Ft. Monroe to celebrate being a military dependent child.
The day is centered on children’s activities and includes
games, face painting, rides, and free food. USO of Hampton Roads
is a proud sponsor of this Ft. Monroe event.
Support Groups -
USOHR Affiliate Location Centers provide a safe place for Family
Support Groups to host meetings and activities. Currently, the
USO Affiliate Location Centers at the AMC Terminal, Ft. Eustis
and Little Creek host meetings for over 20 support groups. In
addition to providing a location for these meetings, USOHR Affiliate
Location Center Directors are frequent guest speakers at support
groups providing information and referral to military and their
Gala and Silent Auction -
The USO Annual Fundraising Gala and Silent Auction is a formal
black tie affair and is the organization’s main fundraising
tool. The evening consists of a silent auction, dinner, and live
entertainment and is a special way to thank those who support
the USO of Hampton Roads with their time and financial contributions
throughout the year. Local, state and federal government officials,
Flag and General officers and local businesses show support for
the USO by attending this event.
Golf tournament (Michelob Light) -
The USO of Hampton Roads provides over 250 military volunteers
to aid in the LPGA golf tournament. In return for our services
provided, the USOHR receives a charitable donation.
Invitational Golf Tournament -
The USO hosts an annual golf tournament the second weekend in
August. Prominent businessmen join Flag and General officers for
a 3-day weekend of golf.
The USO of Hampton Roads in partnership with the Hampton Roads
Chamber of Commerce and the City of Virginia Beach will hosts
a Military Salute to the Armed Services at the Virginia Beach
Oceanfront. Events will include
national entertainment, military static displays
and military flyovers throughout the weekend.