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USO opens new center outside Washington

Tuesday - 2/5/2013, 12:10pm  ET

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) -- Decades after Bob Hope's famous overseas tours to visit service members, the USO is unveiling its newest and biggest center today.

The 20,000-square foot facility at Virginia's Fort Belvoir looks a bit like a ski lodge, with vaulted wooden ceilings and a fireplace in the entryway. But is also boasts a high-tech game room and computer lab, a golf simulator where vets can practice their swings and a gleaming kitchen, among other things -- all designed to help vets feel at home as many continue treatment for serious injuries.

The wife of one veteran who lost his legs in Afghanistan smiled as she toured the building yesterday. Kathleen Causey said it's the type of place where you can walk in, grab a cup of coffee and "be happy for a minute."

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049-a-06-(Kathleen Causey, wife of Sergeant First Class Aaron Causey, who lost both legs in Afghanistan, in AP interview)-"for a minute"-Kathleen Causey, whose husband, Sergeant First Class Aaron Causey, lost both legs in Afghanistan, says the new USO facility is a big bonus for stressed veterans and their families. ((cut in wrap)) (5 Feb 2013)

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025-w-35-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent, with Brian Pilot and Kathleen Causey)--The USO is opening its biggest facility today at Virginia's Fort Belvoir, to give troops and families a place to unwind. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. (5 Feb 2013)

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048-a-11-(Kathleen Causey, wife of Sergeant First Class Aaron Causey, who lost both legs in Afghanistan, in AP interview)-"about that here"-Kathleen Causey, whose husband, Sergeant First Class Aaron Causey, lost both legs in Afghanistan, says the new facility is disabled-friendly. (5 Feb 2013)

<> 00:11 "about that here"

050-a-07-(Brian Pilot, principal, STUDIOS Architecture, in AP interview)-"a home environment"-Brian Pilot of STUDIOS Architecture, which designed the center, says the goal is to make veterans comfortable. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (5 Feb 2013)

<> 00:07 "a home environment"


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