The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are not on the scale of World War 2 or Vietnam, but the USO is still around to back the troops and their families. Wiley Norden, program director for the USO of Illinois, says the not-for-profit organization distributes snacks, sports tickets and other amenities to members of our fighting forces and their families.

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Norden says “one of the big things we’re known for is our USO centers, which are throughout the country and the world in airports” to provide a respite for traveling military members.

While Bob Hope and Betty Grable are not around to entertain the troops, Norden says there still could be a visit from pro athletes, Kid Rock, or Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

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