When hard times arrive, the USO is by the side of our troops and their families, providing free international telephone and online access to put our troops in touch with those they care about most. Our centers can also supply warrior support kits and clothing and shoe assistance along with more specific USO Warrior and Family Care programs that focus on particular issues our troops are encountering.
USO South Carolina offers the following services and programs for wounded, ill and injured troops and their families:
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.
USO/Hire Heroes USA Transition Workshops.* The USO collaborates with Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA) to combine efforts, resources and expertise that further our collective goal of supporting America’s wounded, ill and injured troops as they re-enter civilian society and transition to the civilian workforce. As part of this partnership, the USO hosts USO/Hire Heroes USA Transition Workshops and USO/Hire Heroes USA Career Opportunity Days for wounded, ill or injured military personnel in an effort to improve veteran employment.
Transition Workshops are two-day events that teach wounded, ill and injured troops, their spouses and caregivers how to identify personal goals, formulate job search strategies, create effective resumes and excel in job interviews. Employers participate in mock interviews with candidates at each workshop. The workshops help troops deal with the variety of physical and psychological challenges veterans often face as they transition to civilian life more effectively. Find more information here: http://www.hireheroesusa.org/veteransoverview/workshops.
USO/Hire Heroes USA Career Opportunity Days.* Career Opportunity Days build on the foundation of skills that are established at the Transition Workshops. Career Opportunity Days are intimate gatherings that allow the prospective employers and the wounded, ill and injured troops to have one-on-one conversations in a less intimidating environment than a traditional career fair. Employers receive resumes in advance for attendees that have pre-registered, and HHUSA matches attendees with employers based on their military specialty, previous experience and geographic interest for relocation. Based on this match, attendees participate in one-on-one introductory interviews during the Career Opportunity Day. Find more information here: http://www.hireheroesusa.org/veteransoverview/career-opportunity-day.
USO Caregivers Conferences.* The USO Caregivers Conference provides an opportunity for wounded, ill and injured troops and their families and caregivers to learn from subject matter experts and connect with other caregivers on the unique challenges of being a caregiver of a recovering service member. Whether a caregiver’s loved one was injured on the battlefield or is recovering from a major illness, this conference helps caregivers understand their needs and enhance their relationship with their loved ones. Ask us about the date of and registration for the next USO Caregivers Conference.
* Inquire with USO South Carolina staff for further details