USO Steps Up to Support Military Youth

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From the beginning of the COVID crisis, kids have had their lives turned upside down – e-learning, missing their friends, not being able to go to a playground, feeling trapped in their home, and suddenly thrust into a global pandemic which has increased anxiety levels for themselves and their parents. At the USO, we are aware of how this crisis has placed additional stress on military children as their parents have been activated or deployed, sometimes within a few days or hours’ notice.

USO Illinois Military Youth Programs aims to show appreciation to the littlest hero in the military family. Starting in March, USO Illinois has created 19 new virtual programs for military youth ages 0-18, which have helped support more than 1,200 of these heroes. To learn about our new virtual youth programs or to sign up your military child today, visit

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