We are all familiar with the great USO system at numerous airports around the country. I am here to tell you about a non-USO lounge at DTW (Detroit) that is just as good as any USO. Named the Freedom Center it is a privately run lounge paid for through donations. The volunteers are just as enthusiastic and gracious as any USO volunteer.
As you can see this lounge has only been there for about a year. This was my second visit and they continue to improve. When I entered, I was offered a chicken caeser salad. Can’t say I have ever been to a USO that had such a nice meal. Obviously, they are doing OK with donors. They had a ton of pogie bait to take with you for the flight. The lounge is easy to find. Go through security into Councourse A and go about 100 feet to your left. It has a pretty narrow entrance, but that leads back to a cozy couple of rooms that can comfortably fit a dozen people or so with overstuffed easy chairs, big screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.
Pretty nice place to relax and hang out. Best of all, unlike most USOs, it is airside meaning you can wait until just before your flight boards to leave. Make sure you get there before they call “military members in uniform” although Delta didn’t do that for my flight back to DCA. Oh, well, I still boarded second due to my status on Alaska. Check out the Freedom Center and let us know if you find other non-USO military lounges at other airports. EDIT: I should have included their website: http://mifreedomcenter.org/