The San Diego USO is getting ready to mark its 73rd year of serving members of the military and their families.
The USO is often the first stop for many new recruits to San Diego where they can rest, relax and have something to eat. The USO also provides food for families and other programs.
This year, they are celebrating their 73rd year with a Stars and Stripes Ball called "A Night of Military Heroes."
For USO Board Member Kathryn Vaughn, this mission to help the USO is personal. Vaughn had family members who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country.
"They are on watch for us. They are the protectors of our freedom for all of us every single day," Vaughn said. "Lives are given, and some are wounded and their lives are changed forever so that we can all have our lives here in San Diego."
As part of the event on May 3, the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band will be play. The band formed while in recovery at Walter Reed Hospital. This is the first time they will be playing on the West Coast.