A group dedicated to entertaining the troops is making stops on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this week. Wednesday, the United Service Organization took its mobile canteen to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.
The USO is an non-profit, non-government affiliated organization that supports troops and their families. Inside the mobile canteen are satellite television, video games, internet access and more.
Officials say the canteen usually goes to places where service members are isolated, but after Katrina, the USO began to expand the route.
"As a former active duty military member myself, I think it's very important to have things that can help our morale. We're already giving so much to our country and sacrificing so much of our own personal time with our family and friends that sometimes it's nice to have a home away from home to go and kick back and relax, and kind of enjoy the pleasures of the outside world and take our mind off what's going on in the world around us," said Deanna Attaway with the USO.
Officials say another reason for the mobile canteen's visit to Keesler Air Force Base is that there is no permanent USO on base. There is one at the Seabee Base, which is where the mobile canteen will be Thursday.