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Chicago Veterans to host networking event

Chicago Veterans will host Roll Call Chicagoland from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on May 7 at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville. The workforce development initiative allows the military-connected community to learn about positions available at companies as well as support efforts for Veterans, service members, and their families. To register, click here.
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Michigan park honors Veterans through the decades

The Belding Veterans Park in Belding, Michigan, contains monuments dedicated to POWs/MIAs and those who have served in every war since the beginning of the 20th century, including World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. The park’s Vietnam memorial features 12 pillars, a map of Vietnam and a 48-foot monument, all in etched […]
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Poet to capture Vietnam experiences in verse

Not long ago, a Vietnam Veteran asked poet Terri Whitney if she would consider writing a book of poetry based on the stories of those who served during that war. After careful consideration and conversations with friends and Veterans, she has decided to accept the challenge. To find out about Terri, her interview process and her book, email
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Illinois Joining Forces acts to connect Vets

As Veterans Day approaches and the holiday season draws near, Illinois Joining Forces is proud to unveil its latest initiative, Operation Connect-A-Vet as part of Operation Connect Illinois CARES.  The program provides a streamlined avenue for friends and family to arrange wellness calls, ensuring Veterans are doing well and connected with a dedicated team ready to assist them with housing, […]
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Tour group pays moving visit to Normandy

This September, a group of 24 military Veterans and their travel companions embarked on a trip to Normandy, France, with Road Scholar, a nonprofit that hosts educational travel for older adults. The nine-day program took participants from Paris to the beaches of Normandy to learn about military history where it happened. On the most impactful day, the group visited Omaha […]
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Memorial honors a storied WWII unit

The next time you’re near Montrose Cemetery seek out the memorial installed in 1986 by the American Legion Post 1183 dedicated to honoring Veterans of Japanese descent who have served in the U.S. military. Nisei Post 1183 of the American Legion was formed to honor the Veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team of World War II, units […]
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State launches suicide-prevention portal

The Illinois Governor’s Challenge is encouraging people from across the state to become part of this crusade to prevent suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF). Most recently, it launched its training portal for people to become trained in suicide prevention. Its goal is to enlist 70,000 medical professionals, including hospital staff, primary care physicians, police, fire, EMTs […]
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Schaumburg Post Office honors modern Veterans

Schaumburg’s U.S. Post Office has been renamed the Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Post Office Building in honor of America’s 21st century combat Veterans. The name was changed after a bipartisan bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg was signed into law by President Joe Biden earlier this year. The post office is located at 450 W. […]
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Support a dental bill with “teeth”

Veterans for Unification is urging everyone to throw their support behind HR 2413, which would make all Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system eligible for VA-provided dental services. Currently, only Veterans who have a service-connected dental issue or meet other narrow criteria are eligible for certain dental services. The Dental Care for Veterans Act was introduced […]
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PACT Act passage triggers wave of fraud

With the passage of the PACT Act, Congress launched the biggest expansion of Veteran benefits in history, with many additional Veterans being eligible to receive compensation for their service. The act added more than 20 toxic exposure-related conditions to the VA’s list of service presumptions and expanded Agent Orange exposure to include several additional Asian nations. While this legislation brings […]
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