After a distinguished 13-year military career, you’d think Amway IBO Lynn Burnett had done plenty to serve his country. But Lynn’s patriotism runs deep, and he feels passionately about supporting those who keep our country free. That’s one reason why he and his wife Jo now volunteer with their local USO.
“Most people have no idea how much the USO does,” says Lynn. “It’s an incredible organization that serves not just the soldiers, but their families, which is so important. And it’s not funded by any government agency, it operates completely by volunteers and donations.”
“There are many people with a servant’s heart, but don’t know what to do. Go to your local USO; I can guarantee you would be welcomed with open arms.” – Lynn Burnett
Lynn and Jo spend several hours a month at the USO in Washington State, which has two locations, Shali USO Center at Lewis-McChord and the Sea-Tac Airport Center, both serving military families from nearby bases. For example, says Lynn, “When soldiers are deploying we have all kinds of services for them at the airport, food and games, care packages, computer access, and a video set up where we record moms and dads reading stories to kids and then we make copies of it and send it to them, which is really awesome.”
There are 160 USO locations around the world that all operate under a simple mission: “To lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.” From giving kids journals to write down their private fears to distributing phone cards to soldiers so they can call home, the USO provides the kind of support families really need, and get no where else.
And do they ever appreciate it. Lynn says the thank yous and smiles are the most satisfying part of what he and Jo do. “I don’t know anybody who doesn’t want to support our troops,” he adds. “Volunteering at the USO is a wonderful way to do it.”
To learn more about the USO, visit uso.org.
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