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.

Bereavement Camps

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

Care Packages

Service members who deploy through our USONW 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 shalimanager@usonw.org.

Concerts

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 Tracy Mann at events@usonw.org 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 Bill Baker at seatacmanager@usonw.org 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 Tracy Mann 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 officemanager@usonw.org.

Hometown Hospitality

Each month three recently returned service members and their significant other enjoy a free night stay and breakfast at a Benchmark Hospitality International luxury hotel in Washington State. Contact Meaghan Cox at comm.it@usonw.org for more information.

Race for a Soldier

In the fall USONW sponsors this half marathon to bring awareness of Post Traumatic Stress. The race is held in Gig Harbor. USONW Volunteers congratulate runners at the finish line. Contact Richard James at mobilemanager@usonw.org 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 Tracy Mann at events@usonw.org 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 USONW Centers. Contact any of the Center Managers: Andrew, Bill, and Richard.

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 Bill 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 Pam Demian with further inquiries.

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