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USO Still Supporting the Troops

In early 1941, as it became clearer that the Unites States was headed into war, President Franklin Roosevelt created the USO to provide emotional support to troops. Since then the USO has evolved and developed new programs and services to lift the spirits of America’s service members and their families.  Steve Lee, committee co-chair of USO Tribute Cincinnati, and USO Metro President & Chief Executive Officer Elaine Rogers discuss the history and current mission of the USO, around the world and here at home.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.