I think this thread is starting to go in the same direction as the last thread the owner of this site posted a link to.
One useful piece of information I did find on that other thread was this:
Ok, I just got off the phone with Jim Bury ( USO Welcome Center Director - Jacksonville Intn'l Airport). He informed me that Any member of merchant marine and families are welcome at their facility.
I explained there was a "push" in Tampa for a facility there, and I am in support of, but wanted to have the "backing" of other USO facilities, to show that they (merchant marine) are accepted all over. He told me they were.
Although according to USO headquarters, they are concentrating on support for active duty members, serving in the most harshest condiions (overseas) that they would contact me regarding.
The upshot here is, you ARE welcome, and I hope you and your families use the facilities in appreciation ( as the volunteers use their time ). You are not disrespecting he active/reserve/retired military, the USO volunteers are respecting you.
You can find out more on locations @ http://www.uso.org/Centers/Locate-A-Center.aspx
Also, Mr. Bury will be interviewed by CNN, regarding USO facilities, on Veterans Day.
Hope this helps
Bottom line is if you misrepresent yourself as a military member on active duty using a TWIC or an MMD you have no honor.
If you are entitled to a benefit then use it to your advantage if you know how to without committing fraud.
Thank the next Active or Former Military member you see for your freedom.
Don't forget to buy phone cards around the holidays especially.
Think about the USO next time you tithe or donate to the Red Cross.
Donate your unused airline miles to the military.
my two cents........