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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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Ft. Sheridan Cemetery expansion gets green light

Lake County Forest Preserve officials have agreed to move forward with a plan to convey 4.7 acres of its property for the expansion of the Fort Sheridan National Cemetery. Playing a role in that decision was a petition with 699 signatures favoring the land transfer, which extend use of the cemetery for 50 years. The petition was submitted to the […]
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PACT Act expands benefits eligibility

The Veterans Administration has expanded eligibility for health care and benefits for Veterans who may have been exposed to hazardous materials — including burn pits, radiation, Agent Orange, and other Gulf War toxins — during their military service. The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act adds more than 20 new presumptive […]
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