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IJF relaunches round-the-clock care center

Illinois Joining Forces has relaunched its Care Coordination Center as a 24/7/365 service. The Center is designed to connect Veterans, service members, and their families with the critical services and resources they need, at any time of the day or night. The IJF Care Coordination Center provides integrated, holistic case management and is staffed by trained professionals who have extensive […]
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Local bank supports River Grove group

The Chicagoland Combined Veterans Museum, Library and Honor Wall in River Grove received a $5,000 donation from Nicole J. Porrez, Jack Snarski and staff members at Old National Bank for their outstanding work with the Veteran community and for keeping Veterans’ history alive. Museum members present were George Correa, Peter Graham, Lorenzo Fiorentino and Gary Linden, who are also all […]
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Franklin Park Auxiliary aids homeless Veterans

The Franklin Park American Legion Auxiliary Unit 974 hosted its 6th annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans on January 22, 2023. The post provided toiletries, a hot meal, clothing, blankets and haircuts, as well as a chance to speak with representatives from Veteran service organizations and other groups about VA benefits, housing, transportation and other services. Members of the National […]
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Prairie State College to host resource fair

Prairie State College will host a Veterans Job/Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 15 in the atrium of the main building at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. Open to Veterans, service members and their families, the fair will feature employment and volunteer opportunities; housing, legal and educational information; general health screenings; and a host […]
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MOAA creates disaster relief fund

The Military Officers Association of America recently launched a fund to provide financial aid in the event of an unexpected current disaster. The funding is available to the currently serving and their spouses, Veterans with an honorable discharge or their surviving spouses, and caregivers of the same. Applicants must be experiencing a natural disaster deemed a national emergency or an […]
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New resources available to avert suicide

As of Jan. 17, Veterans in acute suicidal crisis can go to any VA or non-VA health care facility for emergency health care at no cost — including inpatient or crisis residential care for up to 30 days and outpatient care for up to 90 days. Veterans do not need to be enrolled in the VA system to use this […]
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USS Chicago Returns from final deployment

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a seven-month deployment on Nov. 2, 2022. It was the submarine’s final deployment before decommissioning, which is scheduled to begin in 2023 following 37 years of service. USS Chicago departed Pearl Harbor March 28, 2022, for a regularly-scheduled deployment, during which the submarine and […]
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Veterans take part in virtual story time

More than 500 classrooms around the world participated in United Through Reading’s “Story Time with a Service Member” event in early November. The organization selected and sent a video recording of a service member reading an entertaining and educational age-appropriate story to participating classrooms that requested to be part of the event. United Through Reading facilitates the bonding experience between […]
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Chicago sets no-fee vehicle stickers for Veterans

The Chicago City Council voted to pass and codify the City Clerk’s No-Fee Veterans City Sticker pilot into a permanent program that now also includes small trucks. Those who have a Veteran designation on their Illinois Driver’s License or Illinois State ID are eligible to receive a free Vehicle City Sticker. Veterans with ex-Prisoner of War, Purple-Heart Recipient, I-Served and […]
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New exhibit at Midway Airport honors American heroes

The Chicago Department of Aviation recently unveiled a new gallery exhibit titled “American Heroes: Portraits of Service” at Midway International Airport. The exhibit is located in the pedestrian walkway between the CTA Orange Line station and the terminal. Organized by the CDA in partnership with Belmont Village Senior Living and co-sponsored by Harrison Street, the exhibit features portraits of 65 […]
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