The Salute to Military Spouses Thank you for joining us for the live event on November 14. If you missed the half-day summit, see below for a snapshot and full report of the research discussed and photos from the event. You can also scroll through social content guests posted throughout the day and take a listen to the playlist we developed from songs submitted by military spouses at the event. Continue to check back for more information and updates.

USO Military Spouse Report: The Backbone of Our Military


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Message from General Dunford and Amy Bushatz, the executive editor of Military.com, addresses the audience at the USO's Salute to Military Spouses on Nov. 14, 2018, at the Long View Gallery in Washington.

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Ellyn Dunford, wife of Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, delivers remarks at the USO's Salute to Military Spouses on Nov. 14, 2018, at the Long View Gallery in Washington.

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Brittany Boccher, the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year, delivers a keynote conversation at the USO's Salute to Military Spouses on Nov. 14, 2018, at the Long View Gallery in Washington.

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Moderator Chris Marvin, lead researcher at Marvin Strategies, led an in-depth discussion with Shannon Razsadin, executive director of the Military Family Advisory Network, and Laura Zabriskie, a military family programs manager at the USO.

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POLITICO national security reporter Jacqueline Klimas moderates a panel featuring retired Marine Maj. Gen. Chris Cortez, Vice President of Military Affairs at Microsoft; Liza Rodewald, CEO and co-founder of, MadSkills; and Eddy Mentzer, Associate Director for Child, Youth and Families, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, at the USO's Salute to Military Spouses on Nov. 14, 2018, at the Long View Gallery in Washington.

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Jenny Korn, the Deputy Director and Special Assistant to the President, moderated a panel featuring Brian Alvarado, 2018 Navy AFI Military Spouse of the Year; Lauren Klempel, an Air Force wife, mother, advocate and avid volunteer; and T.T. Robinson, a Navy wife, writer, speaker and crisis

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Rachel Hollis, a #1 New York Times best-selling author and top motivational speaker, appears at the USO's Salute to Military Spouses on Nov. 14, 2018, at the Long View Gallery in Washington.

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Susan Molinari, former Google Vice President for Public Policy & Government Relations, delivers remarks at the USO's Salute to Military Spouses on Nov. 14, 2018, at the Long View Gallery in Washington.

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Dr. William “Wil" Zemp, a retired Army colonel, and Senior Vice President for Strategy and Chief of Staff for Southern New Hampshire University, addresses the crowd at the USO's Salute to Military Spouses on Nov. 14, 2018, at the Long View Gallery in Washington.

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Marianne Downs, of Lockheed Martin, delivers remarks at the USO's Salute to Military Spouses on Nov. 14, 2018, at the Long View Gallery in Washington.

The Salute to Military Spouses Event hosted in Washington D.C. had a full agenda of speakers highlighting topics important to the modern military spouse.
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The Salute to Military Spouses Event hosted in Washington D.C. had a full agenda of speakers highlighting topics important to the modern military spouse.

Amy Bushatz, executive editor at military.com as emcee of the Salute to Military Spouses event.
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Amy Bushatz, executive editor at military.com as emcee of the Salute to Military Spouses event.

Ellyn Dunford, a military spouse herself, provides opening remarks.
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Ellyn Dunford, a military spouse herself, provides opening remarks.

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