USO COVID-19 Response: In response to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many USO Military Spouse Programs will now be delivered virtually. Please check your local USO Center for specific guidelines.

The average military spouse moves 8-12 times in a 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.

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USO Military Spouse Networking Events >

The USO Military Spouse Networking Events debuted in May 2016. The program provides military spouses with an opportunity to have face-to-face interaction with up to 50 other spouses in their same situation, instantly making connections with one another and to their greater communities.

Participants smile at the Military Spouse Networking Program at the USO Warrior Center at Fort Belvoir, Virg. | Photo credit Sandi Moynihan

The USO also invites local hiring employers, community/military leaders, and organizations that want to support military spouses. Spouses leave the networking event with customized business cards, a personal and/or a professional “elevator pitch,” and a collection of 15-25 new connections.

USO Coffee Connections >

In addition to USO Military Spouse Networking events, spouses are also encouraged to attend monthly Coffee Connection gatherings to connect with new friends or reconnect with old ones. Coffee Connections are a great way for military spouses to meet friends, share advice and learn about local events. These monthly gatherings allow spouses to relax in a comfortable setting, share advice, learn about local events, and make new friends over a cup of coffee and pastries. Spouses are encouraged to come as they are or bring other military spouses with them to join in on the friendly conversation.

Military spouses chat at a USO Coffee Connections event. | Photo credit USO Photo

In 2020, the USO altered its programming to accommodate spouses during the pandemic, hosting more than 300 virtual programs that connected over 5,500 spouses with other military spouses in their local communities and networks.

In 2021, the USO plans to continue hosting more than 500 virtual and in-person Coffee Connections to over 8,500 spouses with other military spouses in their local communities.

USO Coffee Connection Live >

Coffee Connection Live kicked off in February 2019. This program was created in response to requests from Military Spouses who might not have ready access to a USO location but expressed interest in participating in USO spouse programming. This virtual event is an hour long “coffee chat” between a USO military spouse and an influential guest where they discuss topics that are relevant and trending within the military spouse community.

Topics such as The Backbone of our Military research, marriage and the military, PCSing, employment, wellness, and many others have been discussed. Guests have included Carla Hall, Monte Durham, Heidi Murkoff, Caroline Ashton, Brittany Boccher, Corie Weathers, and more. All episodes can be found at

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 of series of workshops around the world. Discovering Your Spark and Continuing Your Journey allow spouses to find their passion and purpose, approach life’s challenges with a more positive and proactive outlook, and focus on specific topics to provide ways commit to your journey in 2021.

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 2020, we continued the program through monthly events and reached nearly 750 spouses. Discovering Your Spark and Continuing Your Journey have now become a key program of the USO, providing monthly workshops for our spouses around the world.