Alex Savidge, a former military spouse and a Blue Star Mother, is doing her part to give back by spending time in retirement volunteering with the USO of North Carolina.
Savidge’s motivation and inspiration for her volunteer commitment is the support that she received from USO locations across the globe during her husband’s time in service. Now, she volunteers with the USO of NC at Fort Bragg, and encourages currently serving military members and spouses to utilize all that the USO of NC has to offer.
“The USO is always available and always helpful,” Savidge said.
The stress of being a military spouse was always pertinent for Savidge, but she described how the USO’s international presence became a home away from home for her, always helping her stay connected.
“We moved like every three years!” Savidge told us with a laugh.
Savidge and her family look back on military life challenges with positivity. All four of her children went on to follow in their father’s footsteps of military service.
For Savidge, volunteering with the USO of North Carolina is a great opportunity to meet new people from around the world. One of her favorite USO of NC programs is the United Through Reading program, which allows deployed service members to record a story book reading for their children to listen to even while they are deployed overseas.
When it comes to volunteering, Savidge said, “I’ll do whatever has to be done.” She advises others to use volunteering with the USO of NC as a way to have fun and unwind with flexible hours.
Savidge also stressed that any time spent volunteering, something she still once or twice a week despite being in recovery from a broken ankle, helps make a real difference in the lives of military service members and their families.
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