Much like America’s Armed Forces, the Boston Marathon, is a symbolic representation of America's strength and endurance. This spring Team USO will make their first official Boston Marathon run as a proud partner of the John Hancock Non-Profit Program. Much like the Boston Marathon itself, the USO is an American staple. The USO is a beacon of community, patriotism, and unwavering support for our active duty military members. For more than 77 years, the USO has honored and connected America’s service members back to the things they have fought to defend: their family, their home and their country.
Why is connection so important? Military families face many stresses: extended deployments away from their loved ones and some to hostile locations far from home.Our service members are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands and wives who long for the familiarity of home. We’ve seen how a young mother who is serving our country draws strength from being able to hear her child’s voice or how a deployed unit of service members is excited and inspired after watching the Super Bowl together. These connections are made possible at over 200 USO centers around the world and through expeditionary and family programs both at home and abroad.
The USO is not a veteran's organization but supports those who are currently serving our nation; from our five USO Centers in Massachusetts to locations across the country and around the globe. The USO delivers services and programs intended for all American service members, their families, the wounded, the families of the fallen and those in transition back to civilian life. Whether they deploy to protect our local communities against terrorist acts or halfway across the world to protect against those who try to destroy the American spirit, our service members epitomize a unique level of commitment and service that we are honored to support.
You can be a Force Behind The Forces by joining USO to support our local fundraising goal. Funds raised through the Marathon Charity Program will help the USO continue this mission and an honored legacy of support that can only be provided by an organization that is with them at every mile-marker of their military journey.
Less than 1 percent of Americans today make up the active duty members of the United States military and less than 1 percent of Americans today have run a marathon. John Hancock has provided the unique opportunity to both honor our service members and support our runners.