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CVB finalizing lineup for Sept. 12 Virtual Expo

The Combined Veterans of Berwyn are putting the finishing touches on their Virtual Expo. Slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, the event will feature presentations by representatives from nearly 40 organizations that provide services and information to veterans and others.

To participate on YouTube, click on the following link anytime during the event:

To participate on Facebook, click on the following link anytime during the event:

The following is a list of presenters who had committed by the afternoon before the event. Schedule is subject to changes and additions.

Start Time   Company/Name
10:00              Combined Veterans
10:10              Hines VA Hospital Suicide Prevention
10:20              My HealthEVet
10:30              Hines VA Hospital Patient Advocate
10:40              Hines Fisher House
10:50              Help Heal Veterans
11:00              Oak Park Vet Center
11:10              Berwyn Public Library
11:20              Bodyworks for Vets
11:30              Bugles Across America
11:40              Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County
11:50              American Legion Post 488 – Riverside, IL
12:00              Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
12:10              Home Instead Senior Care
12:20              Humana
12:30              Illinois AMVETS Post 98
12:35              America Cares Too
12:40              Italian American Veterans Museum
12:50              Mankind Project Chicago
13:00              MDS Systems Safety Training
13:10              Pace Suburban Bus
13:20              JenCare
13:30              Pets for Vets Chicagoland
13:40              Pritzker Military Museum & Library
13:50              Road Home Program at Rush
14:00              Soul Harbor Ranch
14:10              Volunteers of America of Illinois
14:20              Veterans For Unification
14:30              USO Pathfinder Program
14:40              Illinois Chess Vets
14:50              PAV YMCA
15:00              Oak Street Health
15:10              HonorFlight Chicago
15:20              RTA Chicago
15:30              Veterans Smile
15:40              Illinois Joining Forces
15:50              Illinois National Guard – North Riverside
16:00              Illinois State Police

For background information on the event or to donate, scroll down.

Combined Veterans of Berwyn Expo goes virtual!

When the Combined Veterans of Berwyn (CVB) launched their Veterans Expo three years ago, they never imagined how successful it would become. Dedicated to putting veterans together with crucial services and information, the 2018 event in Proksa Park attracted 23 presenters. By 2019, that number had skyrocketed to 46. With a growth curve like that, the CVB wasn’t going to let a little thing like a pandemic slow their roll, so this year they’re going virtual. The event will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Presenters will be given 10 minutes to describe the services they provide and answer questions. Send tax-deductible donations to defray the costs of the event to Combined Veterans of Berwyn, P.O. Box 182, Berwyn, IL 60402.


Ports in the storm for our cherished veterans

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has been running Vet Centers since 1979. These community-based counseling centers provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans and active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Vet Centers are staffed by counselors and outreach personnel, many of whom are Veterans themselves. They are experienced and prepared to discuss loss, grief, the tragedies of war and transition after trauma. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling are offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. The Vet Centers provide free and confidential counseling and services to all Veterans. A Veteran’s problem does not need to be service-connected and they may be able to receive care even if they are not eligible for other VA services.

— Joseph E. Troiani, Ph.D., Commander, U.S. Navy (retired)

For more about Vet Centers, click here.

The Vet Centers in the Chicago area are as follows:

Forest Park Vet Center
1515 South Harlem
Forest Park, IL 60130
Phone: 708-457-8805

Chicago Vet Center
3348 W. 87th Street, Suite 2
Chicago, IL 60652-3767
Phone: 773-962-3740

Aurora Vet Center
750 Shoreline Drive, Suite 150
Aurora, IL 60504
Phone: 630-585-1853

Chicago Heights Vet Center
1010 Dixie Hwy, 2nd Floor
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708-754-8885

Evanston Vet Center
1901 Howard St
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-332-1019

Orland Park Vet Center
8651 W.159th Street, Suite 1
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 708-444-0561

Robert Fuggiti in front of VFW Post 3579

VFW Post needs help with a bold move

Opting to advance rather than retreat during these challenging times, the Niles Memorial Post 3579 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is readying a new home for occupancy. In existence for more than 85 years, Post 3579 has a proud history of assisting veterans and supporting a variety of causes within the community. “We’re looking forward to continuing our good work at our new facility, but we’re going to need financial assistance with our remodeling efforts,” says Robert Fuggiti, Public Relations Officer and Demolition Supervisor for the post. You can donate to the cause through the post’s GoFundMe campaign by clicking here, or by mailing a tax-deductible donation made out to V.F.W. Post 3579 to 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 100, Niles IL 60714. You can also pay a visit to the post and make a donation in exchange for a variety of high-quality sinks, tables, cabinets and doors left over from the property’s previous use as a medical facility. Call Bob at 847-921-8738 to make an appointment.

Services for Veterans in Crisis

If a Veteran is experiencing a crisis, they can call the Veteran Crisis Center at 800-273-8255 and press 1. The service is toll-free and operates 24 hours a day. There is also the National Center of Excellence for Veterans and their Families at RUSH. Located at the RUSH Medical Center, their ROAD Home Program provides comprehensive, evidence-based treatment in a safe and supportive environment. These services are provided in Chicago, the western suburbs and downstate Effingham. A three-week National Intensive Outpatient Program is also available for the treatment of post-traumatic stress.  These services are provided regardless of military discharge status or your ability to pay.  For details, call 312-942-8387 (VETS) or click here.

— CDR Joe Troiani, U.S. Navy (retired)


Say “No” to prescription copays!

Congress is currently considering House Bill H.R. 3932. The Veterans Preventive Health Coverage Fairness Act would eliminate copayments to the Veterans Administration for medicines relating to preventive health services, in addition to other benefits. The Italian American Veterans Museum encourages you to urge your U.S. representatives to co-sponsor and support this bill.

To read the full text of this bill, click here.

To see if your U.S. Representative is already a co-sponsor of this bill, click here and scroll down to co-sponsors.

To find the name and contact information of your U.S. Representative, click here and enter your ZIP code and address.

A dental bill with teeth!

Congress is currently considering H.R. 96, which will require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish dental care in the same manner as any other medical service. The Italian American Veterans Museum encourages you to urge your U.S. representatives to co-sponsor and support this bill.

To read the full text of this bill, click here.

To see if your U.S. Representative is already a co-sponsor of this bill, click here and scroll down to co-sponsors.

To find the name and contact information of your U.S. Representative, click here and enter your ZIP code and address.

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