Updated: Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010, 7:01 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010, 4:22 PM EDT
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The travel troubles caused by the volcanic ash cloud over Europe are also causing problems for U.S. troops at home and abroad.
Like other travelers, many are stuck at airports waiting for their flights - and that's putting a big financial strain on USO offices around the globe.
The USO Rest Station at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta is serving up to 1000 soldiers a day, considerably more than usual.
"We just come back here and play this game everyday," said stranded soldier SSGT Garth Jenkins. "You're gonna fly, you're not gonna fly. Same thing."
But the USO isn't the only group feeling the strain. The flight cancellations are frustrating family members waiting for their soldiers to return home.
"They got stuck during a sandstorm getting out of Iraq," said Sara Collins, waiting for her soldier husband at the airport in Greenwood, South Carolina, "and then once they got out of Iraq to Kuwait, of course the volcanic ash and debris in the air (stranded them)."
Jennifer Gary's brother, Staff Sergeant Matthew Gary is also delayed in getting home.
"He's kind of frustrated," said Gary, "but they just want to get home safe too."
The soldiers already in the states are also having a tough time going home, but for a different reason.
"Cause I already said good-bye to them," said SSGT Jenkins. "It's just mean to go back and say good-bye again."
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