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.




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

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.

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.

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 2019 the USO hosted more than 200 events that connected more than 7,500 military spouses. In 2020, the USO plans to host more than 500 events that connect over 8,000 spouses with other military spouses in their local communities and networks.

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 include Ellyn Dunford, Carla Hall, Brittany Boccher, Brian Alvarado, Kellie Artis, Evie King and Corie Weathers. All episodes can be found at uso.org/campaign/coffee-connection-live.

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.

Events

  • Apr 21st 2021 10:00 AM EDT (1000Q)

    Discovering Your Spark - April 21, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO and 2017 Military Spouse of the Year, Brittany Boccher, as we host a LIVE virtual Discovering Your Spark workshop to help you live your life with passion and purpose.

  • Apr 20th 2021 12:00 PM EDT (1200Q)

    Coffee Connection Live with Bill Goodwyn - April 20, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Apr 14th 2021 12:00 PM EDT (1200Q)

    Continuing Your Journey - April 14, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO and 2017 Military Spouse of the Year, Brittany Boccher, as we host a LIVE virtual Continuing Your Spark workshop to help become more self aware in 2021.

  • Apr 10th 2021 11:00 AM JST (1100I)

    Using Your Strengths to Win at Marriage - April 10, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join in a discussion with Corie Weathers on how you can use your strengths to win at marriage especially while apart.

  • Apr 8th 2021 1:00 PM EDT (1300Q)

    You're Leaving...Again - April 8, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO as we launch a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart – as well as tips for how you can do the same. This month the focus of the webinar will be on restoring trust.

  • Mar 31st 2021 1:00 PM EDT (1300Q)

    Discovering Your Spark - March 31, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO and 2017 Military Spouse of the Year, Brittany Boccher, as we host a LIVE virtual Discovering Your Spark workshop to help you live your life with passion and purpose.

  • Mar 25th 2021 6:00 PM GMT (1800A)

    USO Special Delivery presented by Johnson & Johnson: Virtual Baby Shower - United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

    Join us for a baby shower celebrating military mothers and mothers-to-be stationed in the United Kingdom. Register by Wednesday, March 24.

  • Mar 25th 2021 3:00 PM EDT (1500Q)

    Coffee Connection Live - March 25, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO on March 25 at 3pm ET as we have coffee with Samantha Busch - author of Fighting Infertility, philanthropist, entrepreneur, mother, and wife to NASCAR champion Kyle Busch. This virtual event is intended for military spouses around the world to listen in to the conversation, ask Samantha questions, and engage and connect with each other throughout the hour.

  • Mar 22nd 2021 6:00 PM CET (1800B)

    USO Special Delivery presented by Johnson & Johnson: Virtual Baby Shower - Spain

    Spain

    Join us for a baby shower celebrating military mothers and mothers-to-be stationed in Spain. Register by Sunday, March 21.

  • Mar 19th 2021 10:00 AM CDT (1000R)

    Coffee Connection - Colorado Springs, Peterson AFB - March 19, 2021

    Peterson, AFB

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Mar 18th 2021 6:30 PM EDT (1830Q)

    Coffee Connection - Dover, DE - March 18, 2021

    Dover, DE

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Mar 18th 2021 11:00 AM EDT (1100Q)

    Discovering Your Spark - March 18, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO and 2017 Military Spouse of the Year, Brittany Boccher, as we host a LIVE virtual Discovering Your Spark workshop to help you live your life with passion and purpose.

  • Mar 18th 2021 10:00 AM HST (1000W)

    Coffee Connection - Fort Shafter, HI - March 18, 2021

    Honolulu/Ft. Shafter

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Mar 17th 2021 9:00 AM JST ( 900I)

    Coffee Connection - Yokosuka, Japan - March 17, 2021

    Yokosuka, Japan

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Mar 16th 2021 6:30 PM KST (1830I)

    Coffee Connection - Humphreys Sentry Village - March 16, 2021

    Humphreys Sentry Village

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Mar 16th 2021 6:00 PM CET (1800B)

    Special Delivery Shower - Germany

    Germany

    Join us for a baby shower celebrating military mothers and mothers-to-be stationed in Germany. Register by Monday, March 15.

  • Mar 16th 2021 10:00 AM KST (1000I)

    Coffee Connection - Humphreys Sentry Village - March 16, 2021

    Humphreys Sentry Village

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Mar 11th 2021 11:00 AM JST (1100I)

    Coffee Connection - Iwakuni - March 11, 2021

    Iwakuni, Japan

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Mar 11th 2021 10:30 AM KST (1030I)

    Coffee Connection - Yokota, Japan - March 11, 2021

    Yokota, Japan

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Mar 11th 2021 9:30 AM CET ( 930B)

    Virtual Coffee Connection - Kaiserslautern - March 11, 2021

    Kaiserslautern, Germany

    Join the USO and other military spouses in your community to build friendships, connections and find resources. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

    Dates and times subject to change. Please register to get up-to-date information on this event.

  • Mar 10th 2021 12:00 PM EST (1200Q)

    Continuing Your Journey - March 10, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO and 2017 Military Spouse of the Year, Brittany Boccher, as we host a LIVE virtual Continuing Your Journey workshop focusing on creating your own mission statement.

  • Mar 9th 2021 1:00 PM EST (1300Q)

    You're Leaving...Again - March 9, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO as we launch a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart – as well as tips for how you can do the same. This month the focus of the webinar will be on communication.

  • Feb 24th 2021 1:00 PM EST (1300Q)

    Coffee Connection Live - February 24, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO as we host a virtual LIVE Coffee Connection featuring Rob Beemer, for all military spouses around the world. We look forward to great conversation and making new friends!

    Once registered for this Coffee Connection Live, we’ll email you the code in a confirmation email to stream The Mindfulness Movement and 4 Resource Videos for free! The movie includes Spanish subtitles.

  • Feb 3rd 2021 1:00 PM EST (1300Q)

    You're Leaving...Again - February 3, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO as we launch a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart – as well as tips for how you can do the same.

    It’s no secret that intimacy is a crucial part of a relationship; but how do you light the spark and keep it ignited when you’re apart? Join Corie and Matt Weathers as they discuss intimacy despite the miles.

  • Jan 28th 2021 7:00 PM EST (1900Q)

    Coffee Connection Live - January 28, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO as we host a virtual LIVE Coffee Connection featuring 2020-21 Navy AFI Military Spouse of the year David Carrera for all military spouses around the world. We look forward to great conversation and making new friends as we hear about life as a male military spouse!

  • Jan 21st 2021 1:00 PM EST (1300Q)

    You're Leaving...Again - January 21, 2021

    Virtual Worldwide

    Join the USO as we launch a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart – as well as tips for how you can do the same. This month the focus of the webinar will be on parenting while apart.

  • Dec 11th 2020 12:00 PM EST (1200Q)

    Coffee Connection Live featuring Hallmark Channels' Bubbly Sesh with Jacks & Shawl - December 11, 2020

    Online

    Join the USO as we host a virtual LIVE Coffee Connection for all military spouses around the world!