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Treatment center offers a way back into sobriety

The Way Back Inn and Grateful House serve adult men and women who are suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling dependence. The overall goal is to help clients achieve continuous sobriety. Every client is treated with dignity and respect.

Their mission is to rebuild lives damaged by addiction in a personalized healing environment in which men and women’s lives are transformed and relationships are healed. The recovery program focuses on the integration of the body, mind and spirit.

Their Military Veterans Recovery Program offers the following options:

  • Outpatient Treatment through both individual, group, family and 12-step sessions.
  • Residential Care at facilities in Maywood as well as Oak Park, Melrose Park and Forest Park.
  • DUI Risk Evaluation and Education.

The Way Back Inn and Grateful House is located at 104 Oak St. in Maywood. Call 866-993-6503, email or visit

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

CVB stages top-notch Virtual Expo

The Combined Veterans of Berwyn staged a trailblazing Virtual Expo earlier this month, showcasing more than four dozen government agencies, non-profits and businesses that provide services and information to veterans and others. The expo ran from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, with representatives being given 10 minutes to state their case. The event was live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube and archived for future viewing.

To view the entire expo, click here.

Representatives from these organizations made presentations in the course of the day in roughly the following order:
Hines VA Hospital Suicide Prevention
Hines VA Hospital Patient Advocate
Hines Fisher House
Help Heal Veterans
Oak Park Vet Center
Berwyn Public Library
Bodyworks for Vets
Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County
American Legion Post 488 – Riverside, IL
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
Home Instead Senior Care
Illinois AMVETS Post 98
America Cares Too
Italian American Veterans Museum
Mankind Project Chicago
MDS Systems Safety Training
Pace Suburban Bus
Pets for Vets Chicagoland
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Road Home Program at Rush
Soul Harbor Ranch
Volunteers of America of Illinois
Veterans For Unification
Illinois Chess Vets
Oak Street Health
HonorFlight Chicago
RTA Chicago
Veterans Smile
Illinois Joining Forces
Illinois National Guard – North Riverside
Illinois State Police
Armed Forces Recruiter – N. Riverside
Chicago Veterans

Veterans shelter’s commissary goes mobile

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is a non-profit agency that provides housing, supportive services and community outreach to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families achieve self-sufficiency. THE MSHV’s Freedom Commissary provides essential items to homeless, at-risk and crisis-level Veterans and their families. The commissary will be hosting a mobile event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the American Legion Post 556 at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton.

For a downloadable PDF with details about the event, click here.


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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