USO COVID-19 Response: In response to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all USO Military Spouse Programs will now be delivered virtually.




The average military spouse moves 8-12 times in the span of a 20-year military career, which often results in starting over in each new location and dealing with the struggle of meeting new people, sustaining meaningful employment, and feeling a sense of community where they live. The USO has supported military spouses for many years and in 2016 launched a worldwide initiative focusing on programs to strengthen and empower military spouses by connecting them to their social, professional, and community networks.

Discovering Your Spark

Brittany Boccher, the 2017 AFI Military Spouse of the Year. | Photo credit Courtesy Brittany Boccher

The USO has teamed up with Brittany Boccher, the 2017 Military Spouse of the Year, to launch a series of workshops around the world. These three-hour workshops, led by Mrs. Boccher and hosted at a USO center, allow spouses to find their passion and purpose and to approach life’s challenges with a more positive and proactive outlook. Through our research conducted in 2018, The Backbone of Our Military, we found that spouses around the world felt a feeling of loss, uncertain identity and a lack of purpose caused by the rigors of military life.

This workshop helps fill that gap with the determination of empowering, encouraging and inspiring military spouses to find their identities and live their lives with purpose. In 2019 we piloted the program through 21 events and reached nearly 400 spouses.

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