United Service Organizations has opened two new centers on bases in Kuwait, providing free e-mail, Internet and entertainment for troops at Camp Buehring and Camp Virginia, officials said Wednesday.
USO Camp Buehring and USO Camp Virginia are designed to serve up to 58,000 servicemembers, the USO said.
In addition to the Internet, the centers have large-screen television sets, video-gaming consoles, lounge areas, libraries and cafes.
The centers also will serve as hubs for the “United Through Reading” program, in which troops can make audiotapes of themselves reading books to their children.
“The centers will provide much-needed programs and services to the increasing number of troops transitioning to and from combat zones in the region,” the USO said in a news release.
The two new centers were the result of an anonymous $1 million donation to the USO and support from the Pentagon, officials said. Cell phones were donated by AT&T.
The USO operates 129 centers around the world.