The USO is by your side through the good times and the tough times. Our staff helps families explore and learn about their new home town with tours and expeditions as well as special events that bring loved ones closer together. When challenges occur, family readiness group support and comfort support are just a few of the programs that USO Warrior and Family Care, a comprehensive network of programs created to support wounded, ill and injured troops and their families, can provide for military families as they navigate the road to recovery.
USO Houston offers the following programs and services for military families:
With You All The Way. The With You All the Way program, in partnership with the Trevor Romain Company and the Comfort Crew for Military Kids, supports children ages six to 18 as they tackle the difficult issues unique to growing up in a military family.
As an inspirational humorist, President and Co-Founder of the Trevor Romain Company, Trevor Romain teaches real-life lessons for children, such as dealing with bullies, facing fears, coping with divorce and understanding grief. The USO offers With You All the Way support kits that help children and caregivers as they cope with serious issues such as deployment, separation and reintegration. The kit’s contents vary by audience, but all contain a journal to encourage children to face their fears and anxieties, document joyful days and overall express those feelings unique to their military childhood.
For those children whose loved one returns home with a visible and/or invisible wound, the USO and Trevor Romain offer support in the form of tailored presentations and support kits to help them cope with the challenges of reintegration and their “new normal.” When children are faced with the ultimate sacrifice, the loss of their loved one, the With You All the Way program provides memory boxes and comfort kits with comprehensive resources that are informative and most importantly, supportive for children and their families coping with loss.
With Your All the Way materials are on-hand at all Houston USO Centers.
Talk, Listen, Connect. The Talk, Listen, Connect (TLC) DVD series uses the beloved Sesame Street Muppets to provide support and valuable resources for our troops with children, between the ages of two and five, who are experiencing the effects of deployment, multiple deployments, combat-related injuries and, unfortunately, the loss of a loved one.
The USO is dedicated to helping families cope with change and supports Sesame Street’s efforts by offering these DVDs to the troops and their families at many stateside centers. To date, the USO has distributed 45,000 copies of the TLC kits. For more information on the TLC series, please visit http://www.sesamestreet.org/tlc and watch a special message from First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Also, check out the new video "What We Are," starring the Sesame Street gang, which is part of the new "Little Children, Big Challenges" resiliency initiative.
Talk, Listen, Connect materials are on-hand at all Houston USO Centers.
USO/Stronger Families Oxygen Seminars.* USO/Stronger Families Oxygen Seminars are relationship workshops for active duty troops and wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women and their spouses or partners. Military couples find that the dynamics of relationships often change after an injury or illness or through multiple deployments. The seminars help couples face common relationship challenges.
The USO and Stronger Families collaborate with military commands, transition commands, and center contacts to bring USO/Stronger Families Oxygen Seminars to general active duty troops and wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women and their spouses or partners. The seminars help the couples work on improving relationships in fun, non-threatening ways during a one- or two-day workshop held at or near military installations. The seminars help couples learn how to respond to and relate to each other, to express appreciation, to increase and improve communication and to create a relationship plan for the future. The seminars emphasize how continued deployments may affect relationships and provide the tools and resources to help couples navigate through this difficult time.
The USO and Stronger Families have introduced a “train-the-trainer,” or facilitator sessions for volunteers (chaplains, Family Readiness Group leaders, local leadership, etc.) interested in leading a USO/Stronger Families Oxygen Seminar. Chaplain volunteers provide another option for participants who prefer a more spiritual seminar that is led by a religious figure.
* Inquire with USO Houston staff for further information.