The first USO in O'Hare Airport opened in 1969 as a place for respite and relaxation for our traveling service members. Since its grand opening, many changes have been made to update the facility, to increase comfort, and meet the needs of a changing service population. In 2015 alone, over 70,000 service members and military dependents visited the USO Center in Terminal 2, using the Center as a “home away from home” during hectic travel. Military traveling with children often find the crowded confusion of the airport difficult to navigate. To help during transit, the USO of Illinois provides a quiet and fun kids space in Terminal 2. After many years of love and use, the USO children’s room in USO’ Terminal 2 Center is getting a make-over thanks to a great volunteer, Maggie Decker.
“We wanted to update the kid’s room because we have so many families that come through, and the kid’s room hasn’t been updated for some time,” said Lindsy Wadas, USO O'Hare Center Director. “The new room will have more storage and will make it more aesthetically pleasing and family friendly for our traveling military. We want to make sure that our Centers truly are a ‘home away from home’ for our military families, and this project ensures that we are making that a reality.”
Thank you to Maggie and the other donors who are making this renovation possible.
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