I’ve spent plenty of time in airport USOs since becoming a military wife. We often stop by to take a break from the terminal, snack on home-made treats, and listen old-timers tell stories about Korea. Big or small – some are like a house while others are smaller than my kitchen – but I’ve never been more thankful for USO hospitality than on my last trip. I couldn’t have hoped for a better place to spend a two-hour flight delay with a baby. I was blown away by the well-stocked changing table, the Pack n Play, and the playroom filled with toys and crafts and books for every age. When my son spit up, I started to mumble something about forgetting to bring a change of clothes for myself, and, overhearing, one of the hosts asked me what I forgot and bet that he had it. Turned out he didn’t have clothes for me, but he did have a washer and dryer, laundry detergent, and sweats I could wear during the washing process! I was impressed.
I want to send a big thanks to the USO, its supporters, the local people who cook treats (so heartfelt!), and the businesses that so generously donate to the military community (we saw Wawa delivering pallets of beverages and snacks).
If you want to donate or volunteer, please visit www.uso.org.