USO “FREEDOM LOUNGE” AT DESTIN – FORT WALTON BEACH AIRPORT
Going TDY or deploying from the Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS)? The USO Freedom Lounge, located across from the ticketing area, serves military members and their families (with military IDs). The USO has snacks, drinks, comfortable seating, books, HDTVs, laptops, a secure WiFi network, and even a kid's play area. Start your next trip or wait for arriving passengers in a comfortable environment. Your USO is there to serve you.
Located across from the ticketing counter
5:00am-8:00pm 7-days a week
Child Play Area, Computers, Library,
Phones, Snacks, TV/Lounge/DVD,
Video Gaming, WiFi
USO Center Manager
Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport
USO Freedom lounge is open 7 days a week.
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.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt created synergy among these agencies by forming the United Service Organizations, with the objective of providing the emotional support the troops needed.
Over time, the USO has evolved, developing new programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of the troops and their families, while holding fast to the original mission.
Today, the USO continues to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families, and will continue to be there for them until every one comes home.
All USO clubs in Vietnam are closed as American troops withdraw.
Bob Hope makes his first Christmas Tour to Vietnam.
The USO is reactivated for the Korean War under a Memorandum of Understanding between the president and the Department of Defense.
November 7, 2006
The Operation USO Care Package program assembles its 1 millionth care package for troops deployed overseas.
Free programs offered at USO Northwest Florida
United Through Reading: Service men and women can visit more than 60 USO centers in airports, community locations, military medical facilities, and overseas bases to read a book aloud while being recorded on DVD. This recording, the book that is read and a personal note are sent to the service member’s family while they are deployed. Recordings are scheduled by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation USO Care Package: The USO launched Operation USO Care Package providing the comforts of home in the form of a care package. Operation USO Care Package is the only program of its kind recognized by the White House and the Department of Defense due to the program’s strict adherence to security requirements.
In addition to the above programs our lounges offer free internet, fax, and phone service to all service members and their families.
USO Northwest Florida Needs Your Help!
Our service men and women are making remarkable personal sacrifices for our country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other forward operating bases around the world. The families of these heroes are also making sacrifices, coping with multiple deployments, long separations and strong emotions that accompany a deployment.
That's why the Gulf Coast is committed to sharing a touch of home with our troops and their family members. We offer deployment care packages full of much needed items, homecoming kits for our wounded warriors and single soldiers returning from combat, free dinner just before pay day for service members and their families, support for our wounded warriors, programs like United Through Reading, and a state-of-the-art center filled with amenities and activities- all free for our troops and families.
But none of that is possible without your generosity and support. Please make a tax deductible donation today to help support our troops and their families, lift their spirits, and honor their service, sacrifice and courage.
Support USO Northwest Florida by donating at www.uso.org/donateNWflorida!