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Dedication Ceremony for new Camp Lewis USO Center

Friday, November 24, 2017  
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JBLM, WA – America’s Credit Union is proud to announce the opening of a new USO Center at their location at 12th and Pendleton Streets on Joint Base Lewis McChord. The new Camp Lewis USO Center will provide a troop lounge with free internet, TVs, computers, games and donated snacks, and serve as a hub for family services and community outreach.  "After analyzing that the largest concentration of military in the Pacific Northwest without a USO Center was on the Army side of JBLM, our organization made a commitment to open a new center there," said USO-NW Board Member and America's Credit Union CEO Ken Leonard, who was able to donate the 1,911 square foot space in the heart of the base. During the event, Mr. Leonard also presented the USO-NW with a check for over $12,000 to help fund programs at the new facility.

"As Executive Director, the USO Northwest is so pleased to open this new center on Joint Base Lewis McChord. Our organization had a vision to help as many military and family members as possible but we knew USO Northwest could not expand our services without our partners. Once America's Credit Union offered us the facilities, partners like El Gaucho Hospitality came forward and sponsored a Veteran's Day dinner which raised in excess of $134,000. From that success, other organizations like Sound Kitchen and Bath, the Windows of Hope Foundation, La-Z-Boy of Seattle, Whirlpool and Ferguson Appliance, DeWils Custom Cabinets, Carpet Liquidators, Silestone Countertops by Cosentino, the Seattle Seahawks and others have allowed us to open this amazing hospitality center." said USO-NW Executive Director, Commander Don Leingang, U.S. Navy (ret.).

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday, November 20, 2017, where representatives from ACU and USO-NW spoke about the journey taken to open the new location. As a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO Northwest relies solely on the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support its activities. Among those in attendance were Major General John A. Hemphill, General Gary J. Volesky, and Colonel Nicole M. Lucas. Also in attendance was former Seattle Seahawks Long Snapper Nate Boyer. 

About USO-NW
USO-NW provides programs and services designed to meet the unique needs of today's military and their families. With the help of more than 600 volunteers, USO-NW serves over 750,000 military and their families annually. USO-NW provides support to those who need it the most including military deploying overseas and returning home, military families, wounded warriors and their families and families of the fallen.

About ACU
Founded to serve the families of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 1954, ACU is a member owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. ACU has roots in the military and strives to retain military values in their business. To learn more about ACU, visit youracu.org.