Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have a new place to relax.

The new USO center opened Monday after the work of fundraisers and volunteers.

One of the interior designers on the project said he helped out as a way to pay back American soldiers.

“It makes me feel very, very good,” said Brad Aljuboori, who worked as a translator for the U.S. Army in 2011 in his home country of Iraq.

He said working with the Americans put he and his family at risk.

“Everybody’s going to target the people working with the Army. Especially the American Army,” said Aljuboori.

He and his family were able to move to the U.S. thanks, in part, to his work with the Army.

As he waits to become an American citizen, Aljuboori said he wants to keep supporting the troops.

“We try to make it comfortable for the soldiers,” said Aljuboori.