USO of NC recognizes the sacrifices troops and their families make for this country, and it is more important than ever that they are remembered and supported. We help to channel the American public’s desire to give back to those who serve our country into programs and services that enrich their lives.

We offer a wide variety of programs and services to lift the spirits of America’s service members and their families. These programs and services are delivered by a small staff and nearly 900 volunteers state-wide; they are made available to Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard, military retirees and their dependents, free of charge. In 2012, USO-NC delivered 685,000+ programs and services to service members and their families.

We offer a variety of programs and services to support the morale, health and human services, and recreational needs of troops and their families, free of charge. Through a diverse group of programs offerings, USO of NC volunteers express America’s gratitude and appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard, and their families. These programs are available for the entire family and throughout the entire cycle of military service.

Programs

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When service members travel to a deployed location or return for a sweet homecoming, the USO of North Carolina is there. Volunteers are on-site to hand out care packages, provide comfort and assistance, and bring a little bit of home where it’s needed most. Request Care Pack or Rack Pack Support from one of our locations at Jacksonville, RDU, Charlotte, or Fort Bragg.

Honors Support Team

The Honors Support Team renders plane-side military honors to fallen service members, treating each hero with dignity, gratitude and respect as they make their final journey home. On-call 24/7, Honors Support Team members coordinate extensively with airport authorities and military casualty-assistance officers to ensure remains are never left unattended, and to help make navigating a busy airport less stressful for family members and escorts. A unique service of the USO of North Carolina, the Honors Support Team was founded by volunteers at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Single Warrior Birthday Cakes

The USO of North Carolina delivers surprise birthday cakes to single service members (E-5 and below) to help remind them that they’re not alone on their special day. Request Single Warrior Birthday Cakes Support from our Jacksonville or Fort Bragg Centers.

Smiles Over Miles

Through Smiles over Miles, family members left behind can make videos at our centers to send to deployed loved ones overseas.

United Through Reading

The United Through Reading program allows service members to read a story on video before they are deployed and then have it delivered to their children while they are away. This makes it possible for service members to stay connected from afar and eases the pain of separation for their children.

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Through the generous contributions of sports teams, local organizations and appreciative individuals, complimentary/reduced-price tickets and transportation to events, such as VIP-style visits to Carolina Panthers’ training camps, are made available to military ID-card holders and their families.

Food Pantry

Non-perishables are available to assist young service members and their families during times of need.

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!

 

Family Support

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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 were developed by an USO of NC volunteer who was the former state coordinator for the North Carolina Reading Association and 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.

Family Support in USO of NC Centers

Whether it’s Storytime, holiday support or a greeting at the gate when our troops come home from deployment, the USO of NC Centers are there to help military families. Local family support programs can be found at USO of NC Centers located at Fort Bragg, Jacksonville, Charlotte, and Raleigh.

 

Resiliency

The USO of North Carolina is invested in the comprehensive health and wellbeing of our troops through resiliency programming throughout the state.  In partnership with top-notch professionals from around North Carolina, the USO of NC offers resiliency programs for active duty, National Guard, Reserves and their families.  Programs focus on suicide prevention, PTS, relationship strengthening and nutrition and fitness.

USO of NC Warrior Reset Program

Building upon the principles of stress management, suicide prevention, relationship strengthening and comradery, the USO of NC Warrior Reset Program gives troops the tools to bounce back after combat.  This 3-day comprehensive program is designed to serve 60 service members and their spouses.  Working with military leadership, troops are selected based on having been deployed within the last year, being proven leaders within their unit and having at least one year left within the military.

 

USO of NC Spouse Reset Program

Spouse Reset is a two-day resiliency program focused on giving spouses the hands-on training and tools to better cope with the pressures and challenges associated with the military lifestyle. Topics include resiliency, post-traumatic stress, stress management, non-conventional therapies, humor, peer to peer coaching, mentoring, suicide and substance abuse prevention, traumatic brain injury/concussion care, team building, nutrition and health, financial literacy, domestic violence prevention, parenting and couples communication, and community engagement. The service member is an integral part of Spouse Reset and invited to participate for both days.

 

USO of NC Family Reset Program

Family Reset is a two-day on-site health, human service and resiliency program focused on giving all members of military families the hands-on training and tools to better cope with the pressures and challenges associated with the military lifestyle, as well as reestablishing and improving their own psychological needs, physical and nutritional health, financial literacy, and relationships. Topics include effective communication, outdoor and learning based play, incorporation of the USO of NC Reading and Study Skills Program, humor, team building, nutrition and health, and community engagement.

 

 

Financial Literacy

Worrying about how to manage their money should be the last thing on the minds of our troops. The USO of NC’s Financial Literacy programs give service members the tools they need to manage their own finances.

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Under the guidance of local military leadership, the USO of NC launched its Financial Literacy course, Military Money Matters. This flexible course gives attendees basic knowledge of their financial world all the way to investing and retirement information. From buying a car to thinking through when to buy a home or how to save for the future, we will cover it. In addition to the workshop attendees will receive a workbook, a copy of a Get It Together Real World Guide book, a 15 minute consultation with an expert, a case management system via email after the class, and a great start to their financial future. Topics previously covered in the 15 minute consultations range from divorce and child support to saving for the future, investing and credit score improvement techniques.

Financial Literacy in Resiliency and Transition Programs

Recognizing that Financial Literacy is a subject that touches every part of a military family’s life, the USO of NC offers the most comprehensive resiliency and transition programming by embedding a financial literacy component into every workshop. As with all USO of NC Programs, spouses and family members are encouraged to attend with their service member.

 

Transition

When troops make the decision to leave the military and move into the civilian workforce, the USO of NC is there to provide them with the skills and tools needed for a seamless transition.

Transition Workshops and Hiring Events

The USO of NC, in collaboration with Hire Heroes USA, hosts career transition workshops for active-duty, wounded, ill and injured troops, NC National Guard and Reserves, their spouses and caregivers. The workshops focus on resume writing, mock interviews, professional work practices and translating prior military experience into a civilian career. As a follow up to the workshops, the USO works through the USO Employment Pipeline to conduct hiring events across the state. These are not the average job fairs. Troops are matched directly with jobs they are qualified for and employers conduct interviews with the purpose of filling a vacancy in their organization that day.

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Military Culture in a Civilian Workplace: A USO of NC Training for HR Professionals

Equipping troops with transition skills is important, however the USO of NC takes it one step further by educating local HR professionals on military culture. This one day training gives companies the tools they need to recognize the benefits of hiring troops. Topics include tax benefits, affirmative action requirements, military culture education and dealing with post-traumatic stress in the workplace.

ACP AdvisorNet

ACP AdvisorNet connects service members with industry professionals from both start-ups and leading institutions.  Eager to have your business-related questions answered?  Complete your free ACP AdvisorNet profile and participate at any time from anywhere.  Post questions directly to leading experts and get advice on resume writing, interviewing, networking, small business and much more.

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Upcoming Troop and Family Programs

All USO of NC Programs are FREE to attend for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and recently transitioned troops and their families.  Please contact Kelli Davis at kdavis@uso-nc.org to register or for more information.

2016

  • January 8th and 9th:  Spouse Reset, Jacksonville Center
    • Spouse Reset is a two-day resiliency program focused on giving spouses the hands-on training and tools to better cope with the pressures and challenges associated with the military lifestyle. The service member is an integral part of Spouse Reset and invited to participate for both days.
  • January 12th:  Transition Workshop, Raleigh
  • January 20th and 21st:  Oxygen for Your Relationship Seminar, Jacksonville
  • January 28th and 29th:  Oxygen for Your Relationship Seminar, Raleigh
  • February 12th and 13th:  Oxygen for Your Relationship Seminar, Charlotte
  • February 24th and 25th:  Transition Workshop, Jacksonville Center
  • February 26th and 27th:  Spouse Reset, Fort Bragg
  • March 4th and 5th:  Family Reset, Charlotte
    • Family Reset is a two-day on-site health, human service and resiliency program focused on giving all members of military families tools in which to improve family resiliency between moves, deployments and trainings, having the knowledge and ability to ask for help when appropriate and have skills based learning tools to support each member of the family.
  • March 10th:  Transition Workshop, Charlotte
  • March 11th and 12th:  Family Reset, Fort Bragg
  • March 15th:  Hiring and Employing Troops Training for HR and Hiring Professionals, Greensboro
    • This one day training gives companies the tools they need to recognize the benefits of hiring troops.  Topics include tax benefits, affirmative action requirements, military culture education and dealing with post-traumatic stress in the workplace.