WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The USO and Denver International Airport are announcing that construction has begun on a new USO center to meet the increasing travel needs of members of the active duty military, National Guard and Reserves in the region. The center, set to open in November, will serve nearly 23,000 military members in the Rocky Mountain region. Initially, the Rocky Mountain USO at Denver International Airport will be the only USO in the state of Colorado.
"This was the 'number one' customer service issue based on comments we received from our passengers," said Vicki Braunagel, co-manager of aviation. "We are pleased to partner with the USO to offer our travelers this new amenity and to support our men and women in uniform," she added.
USO president and CEO Edward A. Powell said, "The USO is excited about opening a USO center in an area that clearly has a need for our programs and services. We are proud to team with Denver International Airport and appreciate their support as we continue to extend the bridge between the American people and our men and women in uniform."
The airport provided $225,000 to refurbish the space, and the USO will provide financial support, staffing and furnishings. The USO center will be located in office space north of the walkway to concourse A. It will offer an Internet café with computer stations, a reading area and snack bar, a large screen TV, a gaming area, a children's section and a quiet room. Once established, the USO will initiate programs that will serve the military population at various installations in the region. The center will be the USO's 123rd and its 11th at a major airport.
About the USO: For more than 64 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale and recreation-type services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by World Partners AT&T Corporation, Avon Products, Inc., BAE SYSTEMS, Bass Pro Shops, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Military Channel, National Football League, S&K Sales Company and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Other organizations, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, visit www.uso.org.
About Denver International Airport (DEN): Denver Airport is the 10th largest airport in the world, providing nonstop daily service to more than 126 domestic and international destinations. A major international gateway to the Rocky Mountains, Denver International Airport is just 23 miles northeast of downtown Denver. For more information, visit www.flydenver.com.
USO Contact: Donna St. John, (703) 908-6458 DEN Contact: Steve Snyder, (303) 342-2250
CONTACT: Donna St. John of USO, +1-703-908-6458; or Steve Snyder of DEN, +1-303-342-2250
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