By Sandi Moynihan, Eric Brandner and Joseph A. Lee

ATLANTA—It started with a turkey.

“We saw something in the newspaper that said the airport USO needed turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Pat Horvath said.

So, like other generous citizens, Pat and her husband, Jack, an Army veteran, bought a turkey and brought it into the USO. That’s when they heard that the Atlanta airport center was looking for new volunteers.

They started by working one Friday evening a month. After they retired, they quickly became USO of Georgia staples. From helping with families of the fallen grief sessions to serving active-duty service members lunch, the Horvaths have done just about everything they can for service members and military families.

“It’s anything that can possibly be done to serve this structure of taking care of the people that we take care of,” Jack Horvath said.

You can send a message of support and thanks directly to service members via the USO’s Campaign to Connect. Your messages will appear on screens at USO locations around the world.