By Sandi Moynihan and Eric Brandner

CAMP MCCRADY, South Carolina—It’s a long, barren road to get here. And there hasn’t always been much fun at the end of it.

This South Carolina National Guard base here didn’t have many of recreation options before a USO in a Box was dropped off by helicopter in 2011.

“Camp McCrady is really out here in the middle of nowhere,” Navy Capt. Murray Fink said.

The USO in a Box unit gave Camp McCrady-based service members — many of whom spend short stints at the installation for training — internet access, television screens, a DVD player, video game systems and surround sound. The unit was also climate controlled, making it a welcoming escape in the steamy South Carolina summers.

A few years later – with the remote training base’s operational tempo still bustling — the USO took over a building to provide a full, unmanned center with a wall of computers, pool tables, several leather lounge chairs and a United Through Reading Room. The USO in a Box now sits next door to the unmanned center as a supplement.

Watch the video to see what these amenities mean to the service members passing through.

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.