USO Northwest Brings Pop-up Gaming and Wellness Centers to Hundreds of National Guard at Salem and Portland Vaccination Sites

WHAT: USO Northwest will bring pop-up gaming and wellness centers to hundreds of National Guard service members stationed at Salem and Portland vaccination sites May 18-20, continuing the USO’s mission of strengthening service members by providing them with relief, while serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Guard troops work five days a week for ten hours a day at the sites, helping to administer vaccinations to local residents. Each pop-up will provide the men and women of the National Guard with a break during the demanding shifts by offering gaming, massages and refreshments on-site to enjoy. The pop-up gaming and wellness centers are an effort to bring morale-boosting entertainment to the National Guard helping local Oregon communities and are made possible through partnerships with USO Northwest, T-Mobile, Moda Health and Jones Soda.

The USO goes where service members go, supporting troops whenever and wherever they need it. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the USO has deployed their mobile units, bringing a touch of home and a sense of normalcy to service members, no matter their location.

WHEN: Pop-Up Gaming and Wellness Centers State Fairgrounds in Salem, OR: May 18 & 19, 2021 Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR: May 20, 2021 All media must have approval to be on-site prior to the event date.

DETAILS: For additional information about the USO and how to support the USO mission of strengthening America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, visit

About the USO: The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. The USO is a private nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

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