By Sandi Moynihan and Eric Brandner

CHICAGO—Delores Jean Cazy went to work for the USO in 1972. She likes it so much she’s never left.

“Everyday is a highlight,” Cazy said.

Cazy, who hails from a military family, first started working part-time for the USO of Illinois as an office assistant while she studied accounting. Over the years, Cazy worked her through the ranks and now serves as the current director of administrative affairs for the organization at their downtown offices.

While Cazy’s main job involves budgeting, logistics and paperwork, she still finds time to help out service members and their families at the USO of Illinois’ Chicago-area events and centers.

“Everything she does, there’s a passion for supporting our military,” said USO of Illinois President and CEO Alison Ruble. “It’s vicarious.”

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.