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Ft. Hood's USO Building to get Facelift for Soldiers

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(KCEN) – Next month Fort Hood's USO building is expected to get a much needed face lift with renovations that could cost more than $170,000.

USO is a non-profit separate from the Department of Defense, but their building is located on Fort Hood to give soldiers and their families a chance to kick back and relax.

“Our slogan is home away from home and that truly is our goal to provide a place, a space where they can come out of their normal daily routine and take a breath, take a minute to relax,” Isabel Hubbard said.

Hubbard will become the USO center director next week, and says she couldn't be happier with the new floor plan that will open up the two story building that was once a WWII Army barrack.

Each floor is 1,100 square feet, and part of the renovations will include knocking out a few walls and replacing the cracked and worn down top story floor.

“Just from January to July we've seen over 40,000 soldiers and their family members come in and out of the building, so you can imagine the flooring is taking a beating,” she said.

The changes will also create a more family friendly environment. With steep stairs leading to the top floor, the snack bar, check in desk and business station with fax machines and printers will be brought to the first floor for easier access. There will also be a children's play area added.

For entertainment, more computer stations will be added to the already 24 they have. The theater will get a massive face lift with leather seats and a 90 inch TV screen. More gaming stations will also be added as well as lounge and reading areas.

“It's definitely going to benefit the troops and families. More space means more people,” SSG Darrell Robinson said. “I come to the USO about once a week, and its honestly amazing.”

Hubbard says they hope to start the renovations in September and have them completed by the end of November. Hubbard says they're relying on donations from businesses and the public to pay for these upgrades. To learn how you can help (click here).

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