In the Name of Love, USO of Illinois Connects Military Couples

Long deployments away from home can put a strain on military marriages.

To help couples communicate and stay connected, the USO of Illinois wanted to provide an opportunity for some local troops to share a romantic getaway with their spouses.

This center, made up of six locations, came up with a video challenge.

The “How Do I Love Thee?” Valentine’s Day Getaway contest asked troops and spouses to create a creative, compelling video about why they love their valentine.  Contestants entered on Youtube, and the USO of Illinois put the top three videos online for voting.

Today, they announced the two winning couples on their website. Congratulations to Lindsey and Curt Borjas of the U.S. Marine Corps and Mindy and Mark Maroon of the National Guard!

Watch Lindsey and Curt’s winning video:

Watch Mindy and Mark’s winning video:

The lucky couples won a weekend getaway including a romantic carriage ride at the Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois.

Thanks to Media, Marketing, and Public Relations Director, Beth Polio and Programs Manager, Dayna Malow, for organizing the contest and making the arrangements with Eaglewood.

The USO of Illinois’ Valentine’s Day contest is just one example of how USO centers around the world work hard to keep military couples and their loved ones connected.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of America’s troops and families! – Sarah Camille Hipp, Communications Specialist

The USO’s Love Connection

Here at the USO, our mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.   During any holiday, it can be difficult for deployed troops and their families to stay upbeat.  But this Valentine’s Day, we have a way for you to share your love while supporting the troops.

FTD is partnering with the USO to offer a 15 percent discount on flowers, plants and gifts.  FTD will also donate five percent of the purchase price to the USO.  Just go to to place your order.

FTD is also offering a special USO Collection every month through September.  The USO collection will feature a changing selection of special floral arrangements and other gifts.  Just go directly to the website to find the USO items.  FTD will donate 15 percent of the purchase price to the USO.

You can also show your appreciation for our servicemen and women by choosing a gift from the USO Valentine’s Wishbook. New items include: the Pocket-Sized Photo Memories, which gifts a USO Photo Book to troops ($25), a Special Treat of food for troops ($40), a Family Fun Day ($50), Tech to Connect ($75), Love Letters and Pigskins ($100) and Run a Center for a Day($5,000).

Whether buying flowers from for your loved one or shopping through the Valentine’s Day Wishbook, you’re helping support the brave men and women of our armed forces. – Joseph P. Scannell, USO New Media Intern