Donation hopes to ease travel stress for military members

- There's no denying air travel can be stressful, but when you've been out of the country for months it can cause you to feel like you're nearing your breaking point. A recent donation from a technology giant is hoping to make travel a little easier for military members.

"It's just a place that's like home. It's a piece of home almost," said Naval Chief Jumont Stewart.

It's a home away from home that's about to get a little more comfy and convenient.

"When you come through connecting or are waiting on the departing flight or whatever it may be, or family coming inbound, it's a great aspect for them to have the comforts of home from food, water, beverages," said Commander Jared Jacobs.

It's doing more than just feeding their appetite thanks to the more than $25,000 from Lenovo Brand new computers will make communicating with loved ones a little easier.

"We are always looking for love letters or letters from home," said Stewart.

After spending months and sometimes even year's overseas the last thing military members want to worry about is the stress of travel. That is where USO centers come in to help.

"The atmosphere is great, they treat you like family. It's just a wonderful organization. They allow us to come here and relax without being with everyone else down on the floor," said Stewart.

It's many of those Charlotte travelers who made the donation possible. Panthers fans won a  national competition by passing along hundreds of military tributes using #lenovosalutes back in November.

Panthers star Luke Kuechly is proud to give back to some of his biggest fans.

"The cool thing is to see the troops come during practice or in training camp when practices are hard and you look at the top of the hill and see all these troops that are smiling and excited to see you and it puts a smile on our guys face," said Kuechly.

Now that smile is passed on to USO members with brand new technology at their fingertips.

"Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of our heart," said Stewart.

The USO center inside the Charlotte Airport isn't the only place benefiting from the $25,00 donation. The money is also being used at centers in Raleigh, Fort Bragg, and Camp Lejeune.

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