Additional Programs and Services

The USO Northwest has vast array of programs and services available to military and dependents. Below is information on each, including which staff member to contact.

Good-4-You Program

To support our deploying military and their families with healthy food and snack options at our USO Northwest centers through our Good-4-You Program. We also have developed Good-2-Go bags so military members can take them on their overseas flights. To support this program, contact Tim Bogle at

Care Packages

Service members who deploy through our USO NW Shali Center are given a Care Package containing necessary travel items such as toiletries, snacks, and reading material. Orders can be placed for deployments not going through the Shali Center; contact Andrew Oczkewicz at


USONW aims to provide service members with as much entertainment as possible. In 2011 Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan band played two, free concerts for service members and in 2012 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts played at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for July 4's Freedom Fest. Contact Jennifer Kelly at for future concert dates.

Families of the Fallen and Dignified Transfers

USONW is there to offer any assistance to the traveling families of our fallen heroes. Staff are specially trained, and work with airlines to make things as easy as possible. Contact Matt Sult at with inquiries.

Food and Toy Drive

During the Holiday Season USONW hosts its annual Holiday Food and Toy drive. Collection areas can be found at Walmarts in the Puget Sound as well as the Microsoft Store at University Village. Contact Jennifer Kelly for further inquiries.

Heroes Suite

At Cheney Stadium, the Heroes Suite is available to active-duty and dependents. The suite is catered, holds up to 30 people and is available for all Tacoma Rainiers’ home games. For more information contact Pam Demian at

Hometown Hospitality

Each month three recently returned service members and their significant other enjoy a free night stay at a luxury hotel in Washington State. Contact Jennifer Kelly at for more information.

Race for a Soldier

In the fall USO NW sponsors this half marathon to bring awareness of Post Traumatic Stress. The race is held in Gig Harbor. USO NW Volunteers congratulate runners at the finish line. Contact Vic Lee at with further inquiries.

Sesame Street

Sesame Street entertains military children and families with a show at our local military bases. A new character, Molly, helps share deployment stories. The shows are always free to military and dependents. Contact Jennifer Kelly at with inquires.

United Through Reading

Servicemen and women choose a book to read aloud and then are recorded on DVD. The DVD and book are mailed to the family at home. This program is offered at all USO NW Centers. Contact any of the Center Managers: Andrew, Matt, and Vic.

With You All the Way kits

To help address the stresses of military life, the kit is designed for children who have a family member deployed. Inside the kit: Postcards, Secret Journal, keepsake dog-tags, stuffed animal named Cuzzie, etc. To order, contact Center Managers Matt or Andrew.

Wounded Warriors

USO Northwest sets aside money to fund events for Wounded Warriors, three to five times a month. Some examples of events: river rafting, Seattle Underground Tour, sports games. Contact Gina Luplow with further inquiries.

Bereavement Camps

Working with Camp Erin, founded by the Moyer Foundation, and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), the USO NW aims to help military children, teens and adults who have lost a loved one. Contact Don Leingang at with inquiries.