USO Expands Reach of Education, Employment and Community Reintegration Programming in 2013

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200 events tailored for transitioning troops, families and caregivers will be delivered nationwide

With so many of our nation's heroes returning with both invisible and visible wounds we have increased our support for programs and services to help them remain on active duty or to transition to the civilian sector.

In 2013, the USO has answered the call for increased education, employment and community reintegration programming with 200 events in new locations nationwide based on feedback from military commands, troops, and military families. The USO constantly adapts to meet the changing needs of our troops and families and our unique scope and scale allows us to deliver on our commitment to our nation’s wounded troops and their caregivers as they transition back to active duty or to the civilian sector.

“We want to help families build a network of support for the future,” said Sloan Gibson USO President and CEO, addressing an audience of wounded warrior caregivers during February’s USO Caregivers Conference in San Diego. “So they know there is still a caring community there to be with them. As you look at all the things we do, today’s event is one of more than 200 events specifically tailored for wounded, ill and injured troops and their families and their caregivers that will be delivered across the country by the USO.”

The USO’s comprehensive long-term program, USO Warrior and Family Care, includes programs and services designed to support returning wounded service men and women and their caregivers including physical and recreational activities, behavioral health, family strengthening, education and employment training, and community reintegration.

“With so many of our nation’s heroes returning with both invisible and visible wounds we have increased our support for programs and services to help them remain on active duty or to transition to the civilian sector,” said Susan Thomas, Vice-President of USO Warrior and Family Care. “Our programs and services are designed to enhance what is already available to them through the military. Based on direct feedback from the military and surveys conducted with our program participants we have increased our reach in existing programs and added new ones to expand our support.”

USO Hire Heroes USA Workshops are greatly expanding, more than doubling the number of events and expanding to 13 new locations this year. In partnership with Hire Heroes USA, these workshops provide resume writing and interview support to help transitioning service members translate their military skills into positions in the civilian workforce. This year the USO will also expand support for the Stronger Families Oxygen Seminars to help wounded, ill or injured couples strengthen their relationship- working on tough issues in a fun and nonthreatening environment. This USO is also excited to collaborate with the Army Warrior Transition Command’s Chaplain Corps to deliver the program to Warrior Transition Units across the U.S.- greatly expanding our reach.

The 2013 Warrior and Family Care Calendar of events and programs includes more than 200 events designed to help our nations returning service men and women install confidence for a happy and fulfilling future, keep families together and strong, ensuring that families have a plan and help them build a network of support for the future.

March 19-20
USO/Hire Heroes USA Workshop at Fort Drum, NY

March 21
USO/Hire Heroes USA Career Opportunity Day at Fort Drum, NY

March 21-22
Operation Jumpstart Workshop at Camp Pendleton, CA

March 22-24
USO/TAPS Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp at Fort Benning, GA

March 26
USO/Easter Seals Caregiver Resiliency Curriculum at Fort Belvoir, VA

March 26-27
USO/Hire Heroes USA Workshop at Fort Knox, KY

March 26-27
USO/Stronger Families Seminar in San Antonio, TX

Click here for the full 2013 schedule of events. Dates and locations are subject to change and participation is based on space availability. Please contact USO Warrior and Family Care to register for specific events or to find out more information.

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