Veterans to get USO center at Orlando Int'l Airport

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Central Florida's more than 350,000 veterans should finally be getting their own spot at Orlando International Airport.

The United Service Organization's OIA center closed when the naval base at Lake Baldwin shut down, but now there's a group trying to bring it back.

"You would walk up the steps and the glass would be right here, and you'd probably put an American USO flag right here," said Jim Wartski, with USO.

Wartski already has visions of what the space will look like.

"Soldiers coming through are going to see the sign on a glass-etched sign that says 'USO welcome home,'" Wartski said.

The new possible location for the center would be visible to anyone walking through OIA's terminal A because it would be in a prominent place above the security checkpoint.

The plans still have to be approved by the airport's board, but officials have already put their support behind the project.

Renderings indicate the center would have a kitchen and areas to sit and sleep.

"There is a long way to go still but we are going to get there, and I have the faith in Orlando," Wartski said.

The USO said it will take about $1 million to finish the center and so far, they haven't reached the funding goal.