Keeping Service Members and Their Families Connected
Since 1941, the USO of North Carolina has kept our military men and women connected to their families, homes and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve.
Knowing that their families are supported by the USO of North Carolina is a huge weight lifted off the shoulders of troops throughout the state. We are proud to stand beside the warriors behind the warriors!
Reading and Study Skills
The USO of North Carolina hosts educational seminars focused on reading and studying skills for elementary and middle school-aged military children and parents. These seminars are led by experienced N.C. educators from across the state. Three seminars are offered and held concurrently: one designed for elementary school children and their parents, one for middle school children, and another focused on good study habits for the parents of middle school children. These seminars offer critical insights on topics such as questioning techniques that will make the most out of reading, and how to assess and use a particular learning style to enhance studying skills. And since parents are busy people, the USO of NC offers these seminars in a teleconference setting and as an online resource.
Storytime and Kids Corner
Interactive support for parents which encourages learning and bonding. Storytime includes a monthly theme, story, crafts, and snacks for young children with opportunities for building camaraderie with other parents. KidsCorner is offered by Fort Bragg at deployments and homecomings to keep children active and engaged during these emotional, busy and crowded events.
Family Fun Days
Events for families of deployed troops, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve organized by units and supported USO of NC Festival like atmosphere with food, fun, games, and entertainment.
A variety of activities take place from Thanksgiving through the end of the year through the annual Holiday Show Troupe Tour and Holiday for Heroes. The Show Troupe Tour takes place in early December and offers performances across the state at military installations, hospitals and other events; Holiday for Heroes includes:
- Thanksgiving (Jacksonville)
- Thanksgiving (Charlotte)
- Toy Drop Fort (Fort Bragg)
- Single Soldier Lunch (Fort Bragg)
- Christmas at Camp Geiger (Mobile)
- Holiday in the Hangar (Raleigh)
- Breakfast with Santa (Fort Bragg)
- Breakfast with Santa (Charlotte)
- Breakfast w/Gunny Clause (Jacksonville)
- Operation Exodus (Charlotte)
- Christmas Dinner (Jacksonville)
Operation Cookie Drop
Local businesses and volunteers get together to bake or buy cookies that are delivered to the service members on Camp Lejeune, Camp Johnson, Camp Geiger, New River Air Station, MARSOC on Stone Bay, Camp Devil Dog, Cherry Point, Bogue Airfield, Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base that are standing duty on Christmas Eve. Participating USO of NC centers: Jacksonville Center and Fort Bragg Center
Community Activities, Entertainment, Sports
The USO of NC participates in many community events to spread our mission and to offer opportunities for the community to understand and engage in supporting our military and their families. Centers typically lead these efforts in their own communities. If you are interested in getting support, please fill out this online form.
Field Operations serves as a link to sports and entertainment and our military. Working with a variety of sports teams and entertainment, USO of NC Field Operations facilitates distribution of complimentary tickets to events when tickets are donated (follow us on Facebook to see when we get tickets). Additionally we can assist sports team partners and others when there is a need for Color Guard, military presence, USO of NC sports ambassadors and other activities that involve military. If your professional or collegiate team is interested in partnering with the USO of NC or would like assistance with Military Appreciation Days, Rows of Honor or other special events, please contact us.
The USO’s tradition of supporting service members stretches back to our beginnings in 1941. In an effort to boost our military’s morale, the USO teamed with some of our country’s brightest stars to produce concerts, meet-and-greets and other interactive events for our service members at home and overseas. The USO made it possible to bring American entertainment and music to troops who longed for home, and we still do. While the entertainment industry has changed a lot over the years, a few things have not: Today’s service men and women still long for family, home and country and they are still cheered and inspired when their personal heroes volunteer their own time to do a USO Entertainment Tour. Seeing your favorite comedian, band or athlete helps our troops and families stay connected to family, home and country – no matter where they are. USO Entertainment supports America’s service members and their families by keeping them connected to the people, places and things they love. National USO: DOWNLOAD ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR (242 KB
Smiles Over Miles
We know how hard it can be on families during a deployment, and that’s why we offer Smiles Over Miles. Bring your family and your smiles down to the USO of NC Jacksonville Center or Fort Bragg Center and create a DVD for us to send over to your deployed service member. Free for Military ID card holders.
United Through Reading
One of the most powerful things we do is connect separated parents with their children back home. In 2006, the USO partnered with United Through Reading to host its nationally recognized reading program at select USO centers worldwide. Whether service members are stationed at a forward operating base in Afghanistan or otherwise geographically separated, they can visit their participating USO center to read a story aloud to their child. Story time is recorded on camera, and the USO mails the DVD and book home. Children can watch and listen to their parent at bedtime, naptime – or anytime. Families complete the circle by sending back a touch of home – a photo of the child watching the deployed mom or dad reading. In 2015, more than 14,000 recordings were mailed to military families worldwide.
The USO of NC collaborates with the national USO in bringing caregiver seminars to North Carolina. Caregivers Seminars provide caregivers (husbands, wives, parents, hospital staff and other family members supporting wounded, ill and injured troops) practical advice and valuable information about available resources. Sessions address such topics as post-traumatic stress disorder, caregiver boundaries and intimacy, compassion fatigue, parenting, childhood grief and caregiver resiliency. Caregivers Seminars provide a forum to speak candidly about the issues they face while seeking advice from subject-matter experts and fellow caregivers.
New initiative aims to support women when having a baby. Being stationed far from family can make this exciting time a bit scary, and we are hoping to provide expectant mothers with a supportive community, camaraderie, and assistance in caring for a newborn child through celebration with a special welcome gift!
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