The 10 Greatest USO Performers
2. Robin Williams
From the mid-1970s until his death in 2014, Robin Williams was a beloved comedian and actor who made people laugh through his many performances on television, in movies, and doing stand-up routines. Williams was known for his role in the film “Good Morning, Vietnam,” though his visits with the military didn’t get going until 2002. The comedian participated in six USO tours, which included trips to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
1. Gary Sinise
Known by film lovers for his role as amputee Lt. Dan in the movie “Forest Gump,” actor and director Gary Sinise is known by many in the military as a sympathetic figure and friend. Sinise has been a longtime supporter of various organizations for veterans. The Gary Sinise Foundation, which was formed in 2011, works closely with the USO to support military members and their families through programs and outreach. His musical group, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, has frequently performed for troops around the world since 2003. In 2012, Sinise was named an honorary chief petty officer of the U.S. Navy. In 2013, he was named an honorary Marine, and also received the Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Army.
Being a member of the military is not easy, especially for those serving so far away from home. Little things like a quick joke or an upbeat song can make a world of difference to our men and women in uniform. Their work is important, which is why the efforts of the USO and its partners is so important as well.
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