Sadly a popular spot for military members, veterans, and their families has closed at Jacksonville International Airport. The USO facility in Jacksonville Airport closed permanently.
News4Jacks ~" JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A well-known resource for traveling military members and their families has closed at Jacksonville International Airport — abruptly.
News4JAX reached out to the United Service Organization, and a spokesperson confirms that they’ve closed their welcome center at JAX.
It’s upsetting for some service members and veterans who enjoyed using this facility.
There are centers at most major airports across the U.S., and the USO office at JAX has been a staple. It’s been in the center of the airport for decades. It’s been a place for military members, veterans and their families to relax, get a snack and use the internet. But now that it’s closed, the lights are off, and there is a sign that saying, 'This USO facility is permanently closed. We apologize for the inconvenience.'
It closed suddenly this week — with no warning. Even airport employees were caught off guard. News4JAX couldn’t reach anyone locally but got a statement from the national USO.
'The USO, like other non-profit organizations, routinely evaluates activities to ensure our resources have the greatest positive impact possible. As a result of our recent evaluation of center operations, it was determined that the airport lounge based in the Jacksonville International Airport will close. We are proud to continue serving service members and their families at installations and communities across Jacksonville. While the lounge is closing, we will continue to provide services, such as support for Dignified Transfers of our fallen heroes at Jacksonville International Airport,' the statement reads". ~ New4Jacks.