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Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:55 pm | Updated: 9:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Zachary HN McCabe flew into San Diego airport from Arizona on his way to a Navy base. He had all of his bags and did not know where to go. So he went to the San Diego USO and called his base. While he waited for someone to pick him up, he got some refreshments, played games and rested.

The USO stands for United Service Organizations. For 66 years, the USO, a non-profit organization, has been providing morale-boosting programs for the military. It was founded by wives and fathers of soldiers, and is for active duty and retired troops. The USO gives soldiers a place to stay and a start in the right direction.

You can help soldiers in many ways. One way is by making donations, either a nearby USO office or by going online to www.USO.org. You also can make a donation by calling (800) 876-7469. Military members and the USO would be grateful for any donations.

Second, you can help the troops by volunteering, helping our military with refreshments, games and a place to rest. You can get an application by going to the USO near you or at the Web site. Volunteers can help out atmilitary bases or at an airport. Either way, you will be helping the soldiers. Seeing the smiles on their faces will make your day.

Finally, the USO aids soldiers with the hard times they may encounter. For example, if a member of the military comes into a state for the first time, the USO will provide directions and help them get settled.

The USO is not part of the government. It is run by people's donations, and 89 cents out of each dollar donated is spent on the delivery of programs and services to our soldiers.

Because of the USO, my big brother Zachary got to his military base on time. The USO gives soldiers a place to stay and a start in the right direction.

I urge you to make a donation or volunteer your time to help this great organization.

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