Support for the USO has dwindled now that R&R flights have stopped, yet the war has continued on for such a long time. Donations are down 50 percent, yet the number of military members visiting the USO Center at DFW Airport to rest, relax, reunite with family, watch a movie or simply to have a place to be with others serving in the Armed Forces has not dropped in numbers.
Last year, the USO at DFW Airport, which is located at Gate B-15 on the secure side of the airport, served nearly 170,000 soldiers and veterans in the center’s snack bar, movie theater or computer room.
The USO sent out an appeal for donations to help provide snacks for servicemen and women, as well as for veterans, as they pass through the airport. Members of District II - National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, stepped forward to fill this need. Daughters from all 25 chapters of District II, including Weatherford, Mineral Wells, Dallas-Fort Worth area and as far away as Wichita Falls, Clifton and Pottsboro, donated two truckloads of much-needed items. The community service project was held in conjunction with the District II Summer Workshop hosted by the Weatherford DAR Chapter and held at North Side Baptist Church on Saturday, with 100 DAR members attending.
Three military veterans, of which two are active members of the Brazos Valley Chapter- Sons of the American Revolution, loaded and delivered the treats to the USO. Volunteers Jim Hanlon, Gary Hubbard and Shannon Teal were assisted by a young church volunteer, Logan, to load the snacks in vehicles for transport from North Side Baptist Church to the USO's airport location.
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The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.
For more information about the USO's 'Treats for Troops' program, please contact the USO's Program Manager, Aneisa Watson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 972-574-8767.