Operation Enduring Care
The USO launched the active phase of our Operation Enduring Care campaign in June 2011 with the groundbreaking of the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In April 2014, thanks to the incredible work of our Campaign Cabinet, chaired by Ed Reilly and Sue Timken, scores of engaged partners and corporate sponsors, and thousands of individual donors, we marked the end of Phase I of our campaign with the completion of our second USO Warrior and Family Center at Naval Support Activity-Bethesda, Maryland, home of Walter Reed Military Medical Center.
Other Phase I highlights include the completion of our USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in 2013, and the impactful delivery of over three years of USO Warrior and Family Care programming to support our nation's wounded, ill and injured troops and their families and caregivers.
Since we began our efforts in 2011, the USO has offered 55 programs supporting the employment, education, family strengthening, behavioral health, physical health and recreation, and community reintegration needs of almost 10,000 wounded, ill and injured service members and their families and caregivers with 96% of surveyed participants responding that they were totally satisfied with their program, and 97% were likely to recommend their program to others. - USO Listens Survey 2013
Since its opening in February 2013, the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, has served more than 172,000 troops and family members and hosted more than 1,000 programs.
Since its opening in April 2014, the USO Warrior and Family Center at Naval Support Activity-Bethesda, Maryland, has served more than 13,000 troops and family members.
We will continue to work to raise funds to support center operations and provide additional customized USO Warrior and Family Care programming to wounded, ill and injured troops with programs like USO/Hire Heroes USA Career Transition Workshops for those transitioning to the civilian sector, USO/Stronger Families Oxygen Seminars for couples and USO Caregivers Conferences for families. Our goal is to help these Americans gain the hope and confidence they need to sustain their healing journeys, and rebuild their lives in their local communities.
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