‘Amount of time away from family’ (47%) was the top concern among military family respondents, surpassing 'Pay and Benefits’ (42%), the top concern since 2013.*
USO-Metro Delivers Thanksgiving in a Box to Military in the National Capital Region
“It’s kind of lonely for us most of the time because we are far from family…so when we go here, it’s like 'Oh yeah, It’s Thanksgiving!’ you kind of feel it without having your own family to be with.”
USO-Metro Addresses the Needs of Military Children during Month of the Military Child
The USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir held its annual 'Barn Parties’ to thank our littlest patriots for their service and to give them a chance to connect to their parent in a really meaningful way.
40% of military spouse respondents rank isolation from family and friends as their top stressor. **
A Military Spouse and Mom Shares What Project USO Elf Meant to Her Family
“It’s been a hard year. My closest family is 18 hours away… so I don’t really have a lot of people I can lean on. USO-Metro has really filled in that gap… All the programs that I was able to participate in this year with my kids really helped me feel like USO-Metro and the American people had my back. They were like, 'Hey, we know we don’t understand all the way, but here’s how we can help you…’”
Service Members Connect to Family and Community at Super Bowl 50 Watch Party
Chefs from the Vice Chairman’s Office and the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir provided more than a viewing party for Super Bowl 50; they brought together a community of support for active duty, and recovering service members and their caregivers.
*Department of Defense. (2016). Demographics Profile of the Military Community. Washington, DC.
**Blue Star Families. (2017) Military Family Lifestyle Survey - Comprehensive Report.
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