By Nicole Vogel and Elizabeth Lee
Over the past year, the USO has had the opportunity to help military spouses around the world make friends and establish new connections within their communities. In this time, we’ve heard from many spouses – as well as advocates within the military spouse community – on how to live the most fulfilled military spouse life.
One program that helps foster these discussions is USO Coffee Connection Live, which kicked off in February 2019. This virtual program has given a voice to the military spouse community by providing opportunities for military spouses to connect with one another even when they aren’t physically near a USO center. For these military spouses, being able to connect worldwide through regular webinars has been an incredible bonding experience, and they’ve been able to learn – and share – many life lessons along the way.
To pay it forward on this Military Spouse Appreciation Day, here are the top 12 life lessons learned from USO Coffee Connection Live conversations with these influential members of the military spouse community:
2. Brian Alvarado showed us how to find your tribe – that is, how to connect with friends, resources and members of your local community.
6. We spoke with Corie Weathers twice on two topics military spouses have been asking about: marriage in the military and communication. She and her husband, Matt, kept it real and told us that honest communication and maintaining sacred spaces is the key to a successful marriage.
USO Military Spouse Programs have led the charge in supporting military spouses with programs such as Coffee Connections and Military Spouse Networking, reaching “MilSpouses” in more than 60 locations around the world. These programs – and the communities they build – will continue to connect military spouses with one another, as well as foster a strength of spirit that is unique to our military and their families.
- Nicole Vogel and Elizabeth Lee are employees on the USO Military Spouse Programs team, and both are military spouses. Combined, they have 10 PCS moves under their belts, as well as more than 20 years as military spouses and 20 years of working for the USO on three different continents.
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