Thursday, September 22, 2011

Charlotte USO

When I fly from New Bern on US Airways I change flights at Charlotte.  In my last couple of trips I have taken advantage of the USO at the Charlotte airport.  North Carolina hosts many military bases and Charlotte is a hub for military travelers.  It is, as you can see from the picture, a beautiful facility.  The USO  was founded in 1941 as an "umbrella" organization to provide services to the military in WWII.  From the USO web site:

"Supporting America’s troops was the first mission of the USO. In 1941, as it became clear that the nation was heading into World War II, several organizations mobilized to support the growing U.S. military: the Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board."

People "my age" remember the USO for the Bob Hope Christmas Shows in Vietnam.

I enjoy my visits.  The staff is exceptional.  But the most important reason I go is to thank our current service men and women for their service.

The USO still provides important services to military travelers and their families today.  There are many opportunities to volunteer at a local USO.  If you are in a position to give back I suggest you contact them and volunteer your services.

Fair winds and following seas.

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