USO needs help serving Northwest families

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 12:20 PM

SEA-TAC -- Tucked away on the Mezzanine level at Sea-Tac airport is a little spot of comfort. A place with soft couches, hot coffee and a kind word. It's the United Service Organization (USO) Northwest Center, which serves our military troops.

"We are the busiest USO center in the country. We serve 120,000 troops and their families every year," said volunteer Doug Hoople.

The nonprofit USO has been helping military personnel since 1966 at Sea-Tac Airport. Currently, they are in a 3,400 square foot area. They are moving to a nearby space that will double it's size.

"Right now, we can easily get over capacity, and we have to have people lining up in the halls," said Hoople.

The USO service is well received by troops. They can rest in the center or their families with young kids can hang out while waiting for arrivals. E5 Ryan Wojtowicz just arrived home from the USS Michigan.

"I have my wife and daughter here to greet me, for those without family, USO Northwest is especially important," he said.

The USO is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony today to kick off the new center. The non-profit is also looking for donations to help pay for it.

If you would like to donate, go here.

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