than one million troops will exit the military between 2011 and 2016;1 and (that for those who remain in the
service) military kids move upwards
of 6 to 9 times during their pre-school through high school education. 2
and the USO are addressing these realities head-on by debuting a brand new
30-minute character performance centered around military-to-civilian transition
called “Katie’s Family Transitions to
Civilian Life,” while simultaneously running their
ever-popular hit “Katie is
Moving to a New Base.” Both shows will run
as part of the 2015
Street/USO Experience for Military Families, which is
scheduled to perform more than 100 shows at 45 military bases in nine
countries. The tour will kick-off May 7th
at Eielson Air Force Base, AK and wrap up sometime in October.
When one family member serves, the whole
family serves. Sesame Street and the USO know this all too well, having together
created a character (Katie) who models the real-life experiences of today’s
military children. In
their new show, families
are taken on a journey as Katie starts a new adventure outside of the military
with the assurance that her family and all of her Sesame Street pals are there to support her throughout the
transition. While there are many changes
coming, there are a lot of happy moments and discoveries for Katie and her
Based on the needs of military families overseas, each installation will be able
to determine for themselves which show performs on their base, with some locations
opting for both performances.
To further bring their new topic to
life, Sesame Street and the USO will once
again recognize a service member or family member each month throughout the
tour’s six-month run. Each individual
highlighted will be featured here, at USO.org/Sesame,
with a thoughtful narrative portraying their experiences of transitioning out
of the military, OR preparing to transition.
The personal accounts will touch on their fears, triumphs and
reflections in hopes of helping others understand and/or relate to military-to-civilian
Please be sure to check the tour schedule below as tour dates are added
1Mills, Donna. "United States Department of Defense." Defense.gov News Article: Shinseki Vows to Support Military Members, Vets. N.p., 30 Mar. 2012. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=67784.
2DoDEA." All About Military K-12 Partners. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. http://www.dodea.edu/partnership/about.cfm.