The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families
Since 2008, the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, the longest running entertainment tour in USO history, has delivered comfort and laughter to thousands of military families based stateside and around the world. The shows are dedicated to helping children and parents navigate the unique challenges of military life and the special dilemmas they face that sometimes require the love and support of others. Kids are able to sing and dance with their favorite Sesame Street characters while bringing their moms and dads along for the fun. The tour has evolved to meet the changing needs and challenges our military families face and the current shows focus on moving and the transition to civilian life.
Being at home with the kids while my husband’s deployed is definitely a challenge. So it’s really cool the USO brought Elmo into Fort Benning and allowed the families to go free of charge. – Samantha Curtis
It’s great that they support the military families like this - that’s what the whole show was about. The message was awesome: to let the little ones know that if they are moving it is not the end of the world and that no matter where they go they can make friends. It was a good message. With so many benefits on base like this, families should really take advantage of it. – Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles Dine, MCAS Yuma
The newest character to the Sesame Street/USO show, is a 6-year-old girl who is normally a happy-go-lucky kid and usually bright and cheery… but when we first encounter her (at the beginning of the show) she is atypically sad. She has just learned that her dad, who is in the military, has been transferred to another base. Katie and her parents will have to move. This has happened to her several times already in her short life, but perhaps this is the first time she is old enough to feel the sting of sadness at having to move away from her friends. Her Sesame friends help her see that they will remain friends despite the distance, that change is not necessarily a bad thing and that she will make new friends.