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Old 07-08-2018, 04:29 PM
 
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When I was on active duty and traveling home on leave around Christmastime, the USO's were often crowded with young service members, so definitely no room for a bunch of retirees. But I'm sure they are mostly empty many other times, so a "space available" policy for retirees makes sense.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:15 AM
 
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I just tried to download the USO App to facilitate rapid sign-in if possible. I am not able to use the App because I am retired.
I just downloaded the app and created an account as a retiree without any issues. If I recall correctly, the account types were member, dependent, and retiree.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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There are also a significant number of USOs on military bases and not just at airports. I have never been turned away at any USO that I've stopped at.
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:27 PM
 
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I am a retired Navy Chief and volunteer 3 times a week at our USO. As many have stated, USOs are for active and dependents and Reserve/Guard personnel on orders and their dependents.

For Retirees, they are authorized IF space is available. Some military bases can not accommodate retirees as they are way too busy with limited space. The USO at SEATAC has 16,000 active personnel a month plus dependents. I went in to that USO and was told they couldn’t let me in as they were full. That was okay as I know what personnel have priority. At our USO, we have had only 1 time in four years where we turned away a retiree and family and explained why but we asked them to return an hour later. Some retirees have gotten mad when we explain that IF we were full with active duty and guard/reserve personnel, we would have to turn them away. USO policies STATE retirees on a space available basis.

Also veterans who have not retired from service have gotten mad but we show them authorized UD Cards. We hate turning them away but there are at least 24 million veterans and USOs just cannot handle that. They would be out of snacks, food, sodas, etc very quickly.

I hope that personnel realize that USOs receive NO federal funding. We rely on donations from visitors, local businesses who donate to the YSOs and events such as USI Holf tournaments.
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:20 PM
 
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