The USO partners with the White House’s Joining Forces initiative to strengthen military families around the world. Joining Forces focuses on three key issues facing military families – education, employment and wellness. The USO’s support of this initiative includes creating Mother’s Day gift boxes with the congressional spouses and book readings for military families stateside and in Germany featuring Dr. Jill Biden and her children’s book “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops.”

The USO also supports the annual Salute to the Military USO Concert on July 4, hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, featuring major performing artists who perform for military families on the South Lawn of the White House. This year’s concert featured recording artist Bruno Mars. Additionally, in 2014, Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a private barbecue dinner at their residence in honor of more than 100 wounded warrior athletes headed to Europe to compete in the inaugural Invictus Games. The dinner followed the USO’s sendoff pep rally for the athletes.