About

Mission: USO Wisconsin strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country.

We serve US military and their families from each of the five branches including Reserve and National Guard units: Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard.

USO Wisconsin is the most trusted organization strengthening the morale of current US military personnel, their families, and families of the fallen throughout Wisconsin.

We deliver our services through centers and programs financially supported by local community donors. 

We do not receive financial support from USO National or the US Government.  Fundraising is critical to our sustained mission.

USO Wisconsin is a trusted friend of military members and their families, making moments that matter for over 77 years.

Military Families Make Sacrifices

When away from their families, service members often miss important life events such as graduation, first words, and birthdays. Spouses have to juggle child care, work, bills, and their loved ones. Military families are often far from their extended families and support structure.

USO Keeps Families Connected

Whether military are traveling, training, or deployed, USO WI provides: phones and phone cards to call home, video chat through laptops, and email services & social media through provided Wi-Fi.

Staff

Elizabeth Hazlett

Elizabeth Hazlett

Director of Operations & Volunteer Management
Emily Sokol

Emily Sokol

Event Coordinator
Josh Sova

Josh Sova

Executive Director

Executive Committee

1. Tim Flatley

1. Tim Flatley

President
2. Kyle Zierer

2. Kyle Zierer

1st Vice President
3. Lee Plemons

3. Lee Plemons

2nd Vice President
4. Michael Dosland

4. Michael Dosland

Secretary
5. Scott Blazek

5. Scott Blazek

Treasurer
6. Joseph Duffey

6. Joseph Duffey

At-Large

Board of directors

Aaron </br> Aspenson

Aaron
Aspenson

At-Large
Bob </br> Strange

Bob
Strange

At-Large
Bridgett </br> Tackett

Bridgett
Tackett

At-Large
Dan </br> Toomey

Dan
Toomey

At-Large
David </br> Maaske

David
Maaske

At-Large
Gerald W. </br> Meyer

Gerald W.
Meyer

At-Large
Jeanine </br> Sweeney

Jeanine
Sweeney

At-Large
Kelsey </br> Bevers

Kelsey
Bevers

At-Large
Maja </br> Stevanovich

Maja
Stevanovich

At-Large
Mike </br> Moran

Mike
Moran

At-Large
Nal </br> Kumar

Nal
Kumar

At-Large
Nick </br> Busalacki

Nick
Busalacki

At-Large

History

The USO of Wisconsin, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization currently operating two centers in Wisconsin, serving more than 25,000 military families throughout Wisconsin. The USO has had a continuous presence throughout Wisconsin since 1943 through the global parent company.

USO Inc. In 1984, we were incorporated as the USO of Wisconsin, Inc. and a Charter Center of the USO worldwide organization.

In October of 2011, a new center opened at General Mitchell International Airport. More than 10,000 military members, families, and veterans pass through this relaxing oasis away from the bussle of the airport.

In November of 2011, a center was opened at Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Milwaukee. More than 9,000 new recruits and their families pass through this center where volunteers offer support and guidance.

In 2015, a new center opened at Fort McCoy near Tomah, WI. It consists of a presence on each of the two Forward Operating Bases (FOB) to serve the 140,000 trainees that pass through the base. There is also a main center located on contoinment available for the more permanent staff.

Financials

As a chartered center, the USO Wisconsin does not receive funding from USO, Inc., government, or military. USO Wisconsin is solely supported by the generosity of private citizens, veterans’ organizations, community organizations, corporate gifts, and foundation grants.

The goal is to keep overhead costs down so that funds go towards our mission: the military and their families. To accomplish this, we evaluate if the programs meet the needs of those we serve and we try to keep expenses low.

USO Wisconsin has been successful at finding in-kind donations to offset some of the costs and thus creating savings on the bottom line. Whether the donation is either a service (catering, IT, etc.) or a product that we offer to the military (dinners, care packages, etc.).

The USO’s comprehensive array of programs and services are evaluated continuously to ensure they make a meaningful difference for our military families while sending a powerful message of gratitude from the American people.

What the USO of Wisconsin has done for the morale of my family and the memories we have made are priceless. We are and will always be eternally grateful for what you have done for us while I have been stationed here. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Jason

The USO of WI is an amazing organization and I am still surprised by how many people do not know about it. The USO of WI has also allowed me the opportunity to share some of the benefits of my military service with the people that deserve it the most, my friends and family. It means a great deal to me and I know it means even more to my wife and two kids. Thank you for all that you do and I will continue spreading the word about this high class organization.

Matthew

I just want to thank you, the USO and the Brewers for the warm welcome and hospitality. It certainly was an honor to throw out the first pitch! It will be a day that I will never forget. Words cannot really describe what the USO does for the Military and their families. Thank you so much for every thing you do! It definitely makes the a difference in the life of a soldier!

Lynn

We thank you for your efforts on this and truly appreciate the support. You guys provide such a wonderful service, and I hope you know how much everyone that wears the uniforms appreciates it.

Joe (Navy)

I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity and for inviting us to the Brett Favre dinner. There is honestly no bigger Packer fan than I and Brett came straight to our table, shook our hands and I actually got to chat with the man himself! Such an amazing experience. Wayne Larrivee was the first one to spot our table and asked US to take a picture with him. Such an honor.

Robert (128 ARW Emergency Actions Controller)

Attending a Brewers game means so much. It means we all can do something together, with our families, and create memories. We, all of us Soldiers, from many states (even this NYer!) can be united in our cheering for the home team as we are all Brewers fans regardless of where we call home.

Marikay (CPT, AG)

I want to and can not Thank The USO of Wisconsin enough for your continued Support to the U.S. Coast Guard in Milwaukee. I Retired in 2015 and I have always told our new people that report to Sector Lake Michigan to take advantage of the Support of your office. I am grateful for your un-wavering support.

Matthew (USCG)

Thank you for being available to those who serve our country, to those who have served, and to those of us who love them!

Charis (Attendee at Airport Event)

Camp Hometown Heroes 2015 was a great success. With your help, we provided this life changing opportunity to 140 campers from 27 states this year. Thank you for supporting our mission.

Neil, Paula, Deb

Great to see a place where I know I’m welcomed. It’s never easy leaving home, but even harder when you sit alone.

Airman First Class