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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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Animal therapy ranch hosts Veterans each month

Soul Harbor Ranch enriches lives by promoting the unconditional love and healing of the human-animal bond. The Barrington, Illinois-based program provides therapy dogs and cats as well as mini-horses and -donkeys, both on-site and across the Chicago area. On the last Sunday of each month, Soul Harbor invites Veterans and active military members and their families to spend from 10:30 […]
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Wreaths Across America expands its radio reach

Wreaths Across America Radio is a full-time internet radio station that broadcasts a variety of music, news, and stories regarding American Veterans and their families, as well as the organization’s ongoing work. Earlier this year, the station began airing new programming that provides a wide range of content. The new shows include American Warrior Radio, The Veterans Forward Show, Welcome […]
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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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