Oldest USO office in the nation getting a new look

Oldest USO office in the nation getting a new look

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - The oldest USO office in the nation is getting a new look. Chief Selects from Camp Lejeune spent their Saturday remodeling the 71 year old building.

They are working together to repaint and remodel Jacksonville's USO office. Officials said the building gives back to the men and women stationed here in eastern North Carolina.

USO staff member David Veiteh said they really appreciate all the help.

"It will be a breath of fresh air," Veiteh said.

Chief Select Chad Keast said it's only natural for them to reach out and help fix the USO building.

"It's a place for the service members to relax. Its become a home away from home," Keast said.

Volunteering also helps people like 12-year-old, Maria Gonzales. Maria is the daughter of one of the chiefs. Her mother has been deployed for the past 10 months.

"I wish she was just here helping me out. She loves to help people," Maria said.

Maria said volunteering with other chief selects helps her cope with missing her mom.

"I try to do things that my mom does so I feel like she is with me," Maria said.

Volunteers said the remodeling should be done by Saturday night. On Monday, the offices should be ready to use.

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