About

MissionUSO 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 Inc. 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

While most of the hard work supporting our military is done by volunteers, USO Wisconsin has three staff members with a combined thirteen years of experience.

Elizabeth Hazlett

Elizabeth Hazlett

Director of Operations & Volunteer Management
Emily Sokol

Emily Sokol

Event Coordinator
Josh Sova

Josh Sova

Executive Director

Executive Committee

USO Wisconsin Executive Committee members lead the commitment to military service members and their families through 100% volunteer support. Their expertise is invaluable in expanding the mission and reach of USO Wisconsin.

Joseph Duffey

Joseph Duffey

At-Large
Kyle Zierer

Kyle Zierer

1st Vice President
Lee Plemons

Lee Plemons

2nd Vice President
Michael Dosland

Michael Dosland

Secretary
Scott Blazek

Scott Blazek

Treasurer
Tim Flatley

Tim Flatley

President

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

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

In 1984, we were incorporated as the USO of Wisconsin, Inc. and became 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 is present on each of the two Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) to serve the 140,000 trainees that pass through the bases. There is also a main center for permanent military staff stationed in La Crosse.

Financials

As a chartered center, USO Wisconsin does not receive funding from USO, Inc. national, the U.S. government, or the U.S. military. USO Wisconsin is solely supported by the generous financial and in-kind donations of private citizens, veterans’ organizations, community organizations, corporate gifts, and foundation grants.

Our goal is to closely manage overhead costs so donations go directly to meeting military and their families’ needs. We are intentional at driving expenses down to maximize the impact of direct financial donations.

This is accomplished by identifying donors of 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.).

USO Wisconsin’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 grateful citizens and organizations of Wisconsin.

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.

Jason

The USO of WI is an amazing organization that 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.

Matthew

I just want to thank 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. 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!

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. All of us soldiers 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 un-wavering support of your office.

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