Over half (53%) of Active Duty Military Families would like greater opportunities to meet people, make friends, or expand professional networks in the civilian community.**

A Marine Family Recovers Together at USO-Metro

Patricia and Jimmy Ochan, a local United States Military family, explain what USO-Metro has meant to them throughout SGT (RET) Ochan’s service. From multiple deployments to rehabbing serious injuries, the Ochans were always able to escape daily stress when visiting USO-Metro centers. Whether it was participating in programs or coordinating events of their own, USO-Metro was always able to bring comfort to their situation.

A Trip of a Lifetime for Those Who Need it Most

Sonja Chestnut, a Clinical Social Work Case Manager with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, discusses the experience and impact Salute the Troops programs have on her patients. Specifically, Disney’s Salute to the Troops Trip, was a crowd favorite amongst her patients this year.

Veteran Employment takes longer than expected: It took 53% of veterans longer than expected to find employment. It took 20% of veterans from 6 months to a year to find employment after their service, and 17% of veterans over a year to find employment after their service.**

USO-Metro Provides Valuable Skill Training to Transitioning Service Members

Project Next S.T.E.P. (Service Member Transition Education Program), a partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton and the Safeway Foundation, allows USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO Metro) to offer a variety of career education programs designed to prepare transitioning service members for in-demand civilian certification tests.

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**Blue Star Families. (2017) Military Family Lifestyle Survey - Comprehensive Report.

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