The old saying “home is where the heart is” holds meaning for a lot of people. But for members of the U.S. military, those words take on even more significance. This is especially true around the holidays.
In late December, active-duty military have a small window of time in which they are permitted to travel home. This is when assistance from the USO becomes crucial. On a normal day, around 330 service members pass through SAN’s Neil Ash USO Airport Center While there, they are able to watch a movie, enjoy a meal, connect with family via internet or phone or just relax. Between December 22 and December 25, that number more than doubles.
The task of feeding 2,500-3,000 people, in such a short period, is not without challenges. But you can help. From now through December 25, if you are traveling through the airport, you can purchase a special Treat for the Troops from more than 20 participating retail shops. Each special purchase will provide a serviceman or woman with a small bundle of pre-packaged snacks. And because we think it is nice to give and receive, every purchase comes with a free holiday tote as our gift to you (while supplies last).