Supporting the military and its families is something I’m passionate about as an Army reservist and Navy wife. The United Service Organizations has supported our troops for more than 70 years and holds to the motto “Until Every One Comes Home.” For the last five years, the USO has partnered with Sesame Street to send a free, traveling entertainment tour for kids on U.S. military installations across the globe.
More than 368,000 troops and military families have experienced the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families since 2008. Sesame Street and the USO introduced a new character in 2011 to connect with military children. Katie, a military kid, transfers with her parents to a new duty station and experiences the stress that accompanies the move.
This year’s world tour began May 29 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Over the next six months, the show has been scheduled to visit 42 bases in eight European and Pacific countries. To see the tour schedule, click HERE.
Scroll down to see photos from the tour!
Want to help? Here are five ways to get involved:
- Volunteer at one of your local USO locations. There are more than 160 around the world!
- Offer help to a military family in your area. That could be mowing the lawn or helping with chores or anything that can help relieve stress they may be feeling, especially when one spouse is deployed.
- Teach your kids how they can support their classmates that are military children. Visit Facebook.com/
SesameStreetforMilitaryFamilie s for ideas.
- Listen to a military spouse. Sometimes we just need someone to talk to, so we know we’re not alone!
- Say thank you. Having a friend, neighbor, or total stranger thank you for your service goes a long way to making a service member feel the sacrifice is worth it.
To learn more about the tour and other resources for military families, visit:
Note: All photos are used with permission and courtesy of Sesame Street/USO. I was not compensated for this post.