Below is a sampling of the types of notes we have received from those who have been impacted by USO-NC!


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The ride yesterday was absolutely the best ride I’ve been on. The Rolling Thunder did a great job laying out the route. The volunteers were friendly, informative and very dedicated. Thank you, USO staff and volunteers for the great job they do and giving me such a fun ride and day.- 6th Annual Freedom Ride Participant

… I traveled through the USO in the Raleigh-Durham airport in the early part of August as part of a large group enroute to overseas. Our ride to Cherry Point was delayed and many of us found refuge in the USO. I just wanted to send an email to thank you and those who were working that night. The staff, especially an elder gentleman donning some fun orange socks, worked very hard and were extremely friendly to make our few hour stay as comfortable as they could. This was my first real experience with a USO. And if the others are anything like yours I believe that fellow service men are in GREAT hands when dealing with your organization. Your staff was very receptive to over 30 hungry and tired Marines. They relentlessly offered handmade sandwiches, beverages, and more candy than Marines should be allowed to consume.Please share with your staff my gratefulness on behalf of all the Marines traveling that night. You were able to provide just a small last taste of home before heading to Afghanistan. Once again, thank you very much.
– United States Marine

Why I love the USO: I was born and raised at Caffeys Inlet, NC now called Sanderlin (4 miles North of Duck village) on the outer banks. There were 9 houses and the Caffeys Inlet Coast Guard Life Boat Station. The inlet had long been filled in by a storm. During WWII, members of the USO would come to the station to entertain the crew. Mostly movies but on occasions they would play musical instruments and have sing alongs. Those old WWII songs. I was a small boy at that time but the Chief of the station would always invite the families of the station crew members to come to the USO events. My granddad and dad were Coasties, thus the reason I served 26.5 years in the Coast Guard. The USO consisted of two to three people but we loved when they would come. We never had electricity or running water at Caffeys but the station had a 32 volt dc system that with an inverter would power the movie projector. They also brought cigarettes, roll your own machines, newspapers, magazines, candy, etc. After WWII, the USO stopped coming, TV came into our lives at the station but real snowy as Norfolk, VA was the nearest TV station. My dad got transferred in 1951 and we had to move from the most wonderful place on earth, Caffeys Inlet.
– Coast Guard Retiree

I can’t thank your group enough for their kindness and compassion shown to me as I escorted my husband to his final resting place. It was my first encounter with a USO and I was proud to share my experience when I returned home! The amount of respect shown to all of the Soldiers in all branches while I was there was also impressive! Please pat yourselves on the back for giving me a safe and wonderful place to be during my difficult time.
-Widow of an Army SFC

Thanks so much for taking the time to share this link (Tuesday Storytime) with us. We truly appreciate all the USO (of NC) does for so many military families. We are so truly blessed to be able to participate in the amazing programs you offer. The staff in Jacksonville make us feel welcome each and every week. You guys are awesome!
– Marine Family Member

I have visited many USO’s around the country, but I always enjoy visiting the Raleigh/Durham USO because you always have warm and helpful volunteers—24/7! Thank you for your kindness and hospitality, it has been very much appreciated.

You continue to be a wonderful organization-always there when needed. Thank you!!
– Anonymous

This was a great place to wait for a deployed Coastie. Your generosity and welcoming is most heart-felt. Best wishes and flowing seas. Semper Paratus

Great USO with a wonderful staff.

Thanks for the hospitality. I always find friendly faces here.

By far the best USO I’ve EVER been to. Thank you so much for everything. It was worth spending 5 hours here.
– USAF Spouse

Great place to relax and hang out with friends at lunch or after duty hours.
– Anonymous

Always have hot coffee and something to eat. Nice place to hang out.
– Anonymous

Friendly, helpful staff.
– Anonymous