Active military and veteran lounge opening at Albert Ellis Airport

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Military families will have a relaxing space open to them at an airport in the East.

Hope For The Warriors and Albert Ellis Airport have announced that their newly renovated lounge for active-duty and veteran families will be open on Tuesday, The official ribbon cutting took place this morning.

Staffing and operations will be run by Hope For The Warriors.

The renovated space will be on the first level of the airport inside the terminal next to the baggage claim.

“Over 17 years ago, Hope For The Warriors was born aboard Camp Lejeune so it’s always heartwarming anytime HOPE can continue to directly serve military families right here in eastern North Carolina,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization. “The newly renovated space is warm, welcoming and relaxing space for all military families to utilize while passing through the OAJ airport.”

The airport says Food Lion and Frito Lay provided the snacks and beverages in the space. Their aim is to make a private space for military members and their families to relax, charge their phones, and watch TV. A children’s play area is available as well.

For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit the HOPE website.