Photo Credit: Courtesy of USO
Watch out boys, the girls of Fort Campbell, Kentucky are looking good! Prom season’s just around the corner and this year the USO was more than prepared. The non-profit organization, which is dedicated to lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families, partnered with stylist and designer Sherri Hill to launch “Operation That’s My Dress!,” a program that provided more than 140 daughters of Fort Campbell military servicemen and women with free prom dresses and loads of beauty tips.
"Teenage girls is one of the age ranges we struggle to reach within the military family," said USO Fort Campbell center director Kari Burgess Brow. "[The event] was a way to say thank you to this very special group of ladies within military families -- with dresses and lipstick of course."
Home to the third largest military population in the United States—that includes 30,000 military service members and 53,000 family members—Fort Campbell’s USO outpost became the “USO Prom Shop” for a day in early April. Personal shoppers in the form of Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant winners helped the military teens (who had their moms and dads in tow) pick out dresses, while also setting them up with hair and makeup pros to learn some styling tricks for the big night.
"Some of these girls who came to the USO prom shop won't have their dads and mom with them on their special day, because they will be deployed," said Ray Kennedy of the USO Metropolitan NY. "This gave them a moment that they could share together. After all prom is a big day for pictures and it's a milestone in growing up."
While there are no current plans for the program to be rolled out to other military bases, the USO hopes to see “Operation That’s My Prom Dress!” became an annual event across the country.