Or one more from Steve Gilliard posting at Kos, to be accurate, on why Bob Hope mattered:
So when Hope or another USO tour popped in, it was a reminder that someone cared.
The same applies today. Packages and USO visits matter. For combat and non-combat troops alike. Bob Hope, for more years than people now remember, was a reminder that America hadn’t just sent these people off into a void. That someone remembered they were serving their country. And when we’re at war in two countries, that’s worth mentioning.