I am a Vietnam war veteran and I can tell you that the USO was there for me and my fellow Marines as we traveled to an fro and in the cities near our bases.
I am not concerned that the CEO's pay is $400,000. They are a large organization and his pay is in line with their income.
I have supported the men and women in the armed forces for over 40 years with contributions to the USO and will continue to do so.
It is the men and women that are in need of the USO services - this is what you need to keep in mind. Withholding a donation to punish the CEO only punishes our troops and that is short sighted.
Give to the extent you can and support those that protect us 24/7.
The USO needs to be fully investigate on how they use/treat donor intended dollars....the keep the funds at Arlington/allow their centers to spend the expenses without crediting the local centers account. The ultimate is they then require their center managers to write up reports back to Arlington so Arlington can use that to show the donor how their funds were put to work. Arlington spends the funds on their bloated / highlypaidstaff.
As with any organization, one person may have one experience and another have a very different experience. For me, Tide detergent doesn't work, but that doesn't color my entire view of PnG. Running into one ill-informaed volunteer should not color your experience with the entire organization. For me and my family, the USO has been a valuable resource for support, sometimes being the only people I could lean on in a difficult situation. The USO provides a quite place to rest in an airport, a place to find community and maybe a "senior wife" to lend perspective to a situation one might only face as a military spouse. USO volunteers have stood by me in remote locations where I never would have suspected they even had a presence, but they did. Every interaction I have had with the USO has been superior.
Review from Guidestar
As the wife of a military member I have enjoyed the warmth of the USO at so many places around the world. While my husband was in Afghanistan the USO provided a service where he was able to read a book to my daughter...they taped it and sent it to us. My daughter watched that video every day until her dad made it home (safely :) ). We have used their centers in the airport when needing a place to rest with the kids while on our way to our next duty station. And, at Christmas time, when things were really very lonely, they held a special party for the kids. The kids got to make cards and presents for their parents who were deployed. And what was really incredible? The fact that while I was not looking they helped my daughter make a card and present for me too. They put it in the mail and it arrived on Christmas Eve. It's the little things that mean so much. Thanks USO!! You make it a little bit easier for all of us. You'll never know how much we appreciated it.
Review from Guidestar