The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland, has announced a $5 million grant to the USO in support of the USO Pathfinder program, which helps service members and their families transition from military service to civilian life.
The multiyear grant will help ensure that transitioning service members and their families have access to USO Pathfinder services at military installations across the country and will support the expansion, over the next two years, of new USO Pathfinder locations. The program provides transition services designed to help service members navigate, understand, and engage with a range of resources as they reintegrate into their communities. With personalized assistance from a USO Pathfinder Scout, service members and their families build individualized action plans and receive access to on-demand tools as well as a network of partners that can provide resources, advice, and connections to help them succeed in their career journeys.
There are currently thirteen Pathfinder sites across the United States, with additional sites scheduled to open in 2018 in Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Jacksonville, Florida; and Camp Pendleton, California. The USO hopes to open twenty-five sites by the end of 2020 and become the nation's largest leading private transition resource for service members and their families.
"The Clark family has long supported veterans' services, and the foundation proudly carries on its dedication to those who have served in our military," said Mike Monroe, the foundation's director of veteran services. "We target our support to help veterans navigate the transition from military to civilian life and support initiatives and organizations that foster self-reliance for service members and their families."