Organization offers military area at RDU

August 23, 2008 1:18:55 PM PDT
The USO at RDU offers the military a place to unwind while they are in between flights.For the past four years, the United Service Organization has provided a place at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport for more than 100,000 men and women in the military.

Director John Lucy says it's all free, "the service that we offer here doesn't cost anything, it's all free. It's a repayment for the military who give us our freedom."

Friday, the organization celebrated its 100,000 person mile marker at a special ceremony with a packed house of supporters.

"Relieves me from stress good outlet for marines anybody in the military," said Andrew Richmond with the Marine Core.

He says it is an added bonus when he has to wait hours before his ride can pick him up.

"It's quiet, free food, relaxing compared to the airport," he said.

Richmond says he enjoys the special care he gets when he visits the center.

In addition to watching television, relaxing, resting and eating snacks, they get a chance to get a home cooked meal.

"They welcome you, feed you to death," Richmond said. "Mom's cooking, yeah just like that."

But he says it's important they know the center and the volunteers make a difference in the lives of every person they touch.

"It's very important state of mind is where it's at because if you go over there shaken up, and you're like I miss home, if you come here before you left with family as well, big difference big difference," Richmond said.


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