In 2014, we launched RP/6 here in Lakewood, WA, to serve the many thousands of transitioning service members and military families who reside right in our backyard. In 2015, we partnered with the USO to bring our innovative model for supporting service members to eleven USO sites around the country. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making the partnership even bigger: RP/6 is merging with the USO and making our impact globally.
Our headquarters here in Lakewood will become the Center of Excellence for the programming and innovation that the USO will set forth to benefit transitioning service members and their families across the world. While this opportunity will allow our impact to increase dramatically with regard to those we are able to assist, the day-to-day operations here at RP/6 will remain dedicated to serving our local community. Our Scouts’ mission remains unchanged: they will continue to serve individuals one-on-one and connect them to the best resources in the community. Our efforts will remain focused on building lasting and effective partnerships with both public and private resource providers in the South Puget Sound region.
Our Scout platform and partnership programs here in Lakewood will be the source of innovation in the USO transition realm, and will pave the way for transition programs at USO locations across the country. We look forward to continuing to serve troops and their families here in the Puget Sound area and to expanding our expertise to new regions under the USO umbrella.
To date, our partnership with the USO has led to the placement of Scouts in eleven locations across the country. These individuals have implemented the best in class Scout methodologies to connect service members and their families to both local and national resources, as well as to other Scouts across the nation. When a military family begins their transition from the military here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord but chooses to relocate to another area in the country, such as San Antonio, Texas, our Scouts here are able to connect that family to a Scout in Texas who is embedded in the community and familiar with the resources and opportunities there. That Scout in San Antonio is equipped to set the family up for success as they begin their new journey. As we merge with the USO, these opportunities to connect individuals to resources across the country will continue to grow.
“The invitation to be integrated into the USO is a recognition of the successful model that RP/6 has built and its dedicated employees have implemented,” said Anne Sprute, our founder and CEO. “It is an honor to be presented with this opportunity to expand our reach.”
RP/6 would not be where we are today if it weren’t for the amazing partners we have here in the Pacific Northwest. Those partnerships have enabled us to serve the military and veteran community, and we are grateful for the opportunity to strengthen and enhance these relationships in our new capacity.
Our name may change, but our services will not! We will continue to benefit local service members and their families. In just two years, we have been able to serve more than 12,000 service members, veterans, and family members, and we are thrilled for the opportunity to dramatically increase the number of lives we can touch as we look ahead to 2017 and our future as the USO. As always, on the path forward, we’ve got your back!