We're entering month eight of pandemic protocols, most of which are taking much of the fun out of life. No movie theaters, no holiday parties and no school for a lot of families.
But many organizations have restructured their programming to allow for virtual participation, and the USO has done this specifically for military families.
This month, the USO presents several programs, ranging from employment discussions to esports competitions and marriage tips to physical activity. Clear your calendar, register for these events and make sure you're staying connected to military families and friends throughout the month.
Personal & Professional Development
Transition Talk: Building a Federal Resume
On Nov. 12 at 12 p.m., log onto Zoom and join members of the USO’s transition team, as well as Rudy Muriel, human resource specialist/recruiter for the Department of the Navy, to learn about building a federal resume. The event will also cover how to read job announcements, ratings and hiring preferences. Register here.
Discovering Your Spark
Brittany Boccher brings you a live virtual workshop on how to "Discover Your Spark" and live life with passion and purpose. Attendees will receive a digital copy of the workbook "Finding Your Color in a Camouflaged World" an hour before this workshop. It will be held via Zoom on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.
You're Leaving … Again?
Army power couple Corie and Matt Weathers continue their series on marriage with "You're Leaving … Again?" In this second session, they talk about focusing on each person's mission after the emotional goodbye that comes with separation. You can join Team Weathers on Nov. 17 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET, or Nov. 18from 1 to 3 p.m. ET. Register online.
E-Sports & Virtual Sports
Warrior Week Las Vegas
For esports fans, the USO Twitch channel will host two tournaments online. On Nov. 14,the game is "Rocket League." On Nov. 15, participants will play "Call of Duty." Both games start at 12 p.m. ET and run until completion. Registration is required.
Trot for the Troops
If you're missing your annual Turkey Trot this year, sign up for the first USO Trot for the Troops. This virtual 5K is open to everyone and can be completed by walking, running, biking or swimming. Participants can complete their 5K anytime from Nov. 21 to Nov. 28. Registration for the event is $38 (and you have the option of donating a registration to a service member). The swag bag includes a T-shirt, race medal and a mystery gift. Register here.
Fun & Entertainment
Have a Beautiful USO Holiday
Join the November USO Coffee Connection on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. ET. In this edition, celebrity makeup artist Caroline Ashton will provide step-by-step directions and perform a makeover demonstration on USO Program Manager Liz Lee. After registration, participants will receive a list of the products to be used; those who join live will be entered to win a gift basket from L'Oréal. Register here.
Celebrity MVP Events
It's normal to see celebrities participate in USO events, and this month is no different. From a panel discussion with Hallmark movie celebrities on Nov. 21 to a literary discussion with James Patterson on Nov. 23, there are many opportunities to meet new people. Here's a list of upcoming MVP events.
For more information on upcoming events from the USO, check out its website.
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