World War II
Home Front - USO

Home Front - USO
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     challenging words:    troupe, defunct, non-profit, comedian, honorary, cooperate, chairman, backwoods, formation, performer, position, effort, mission, involve, receive, unnecessary
     content words:    United States, World War II, President Roosevelt, United Service Organization, Salvation Army, National Catholic Community Services, National Jewish Welfare Board, National Travelers Aid Association, Bob Hope, March Field

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Home Front - USO
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     When the United States entered World War II, President Roosevelt began looking for ways to involve civilians with the war effort. He knew that the best way to keep support high was to have as many civilians involved as possible. One of these ways was through the USO, United Service Organization.
2     Roosevelt asked six organizations -- The Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community Services, National Jewish Welfare Board, and National Travelers Aid Association -- to cooperate in the formation of the new service organization. Through the USO, the quality of life for service people and their families could be improved.
3     On the local level, USO workers set up clubs all over the United States. They might be in a nice hall, a backwoods cabin, barns, or churches. They were a place where service people could relax, dance, have a cup of coffee and donuts, or just find a quiet corner to write letters home. It was a place where those in the armed services could be sure to receive support.

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