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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2008

Gov. Blagojevich urges Veterans to apply for state benefits; announces statewide Veteran Service Office Open Houses
Encourages Illinoisans to spread the word this Memorial Day about available benefits; urges Veterans and their families to take advantage of the state’s programs

CHICAGO– As the people of Illinois commemorate the lives of our nation’s Veterans who died defending our country this Memorial Day, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the state’s 51 Veteran Service Offices will all host Open Houses throughout the coming months for Veterans, their families, and survivors of fallen service members.  The Veteran Service Offices house the state’s 73 Veteran Service Officers, who offer help to Veterans and their families in applying for and receiving compensation and benefits from the federal VA and the state.  The Governor is also encouraging residents to spread the word about the state programs over the course of Memorial Day to help ensure that Veterans and their families get the benefits they fought for and deserve. 
 
“Today we honor all those who lost their lives serving our country, give thanks to those who have fought for our freedoms, and pray for those who are still fighting today.  But in addition to the various parades and ceremonies, let’s make sure that our state’s military heroes know about all of the benefits they are entitled to,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “Our Veteran Service Offices will be hosting Open Houses over the coming months and I am asking all Illinois residents to tell a friend, family member, or neighbor that state benefits are available to our Veterans.  Together we can make sure that no Illinois Veteran is left in the dark.”
 
Veteran Service Offices serve as sign-up locations and informational hubs for the state’s programs and benefits, including the following: 
 
·        Illinois Warrior Assistance Program Illinois became the first state in the nation to launch a Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program for returning Illinois veterans. The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program offers a 24-hour, toll-free helpline at 1-866-554-IWAP (4927), which is staffed by health professionals to assist Veterans, day or night, with the symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and provides Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) screening to all interested Illinois veterans, especially those returning from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Warrior Assistance Program also makes TBI screenings mandatory for all returning members of the Illinois Army National Guard.  More information is available at www.illinoiswarrior.com.
 
·        G-I Loan for HeroesLast May the state announced the G-I Loan for Heroes program, making Illinois the first state in the nation to offer a comprehensive homeownership package to Veterans and active duty service men and women. The program offers a low-interest rate first mortgage for 80 percent of the purchase price of a new home and an interest-free second mortgage of up to $40,000 dollars for the remaining 20 percent of the purchase price. 
 
·        Veterans CareVeterans Care provides affordable, comprehensive health care to Illinois Veterans who are uninsured or do not qualify for coverage through the federal Veterans Administration.  Under the first phase of Veterans Care, Veterans who don’t have access to health insurance would be covered.  Participants who take part in the pilot program would be charged a $40 monthly premium.  Prescription drugs and doctors office visits would require a minimal co-payment, ranging from $6 to $15.
 
·        Veterans’ Jobs Tax Credit Employers can earn an income tax credit of up to $600 dollars annually for every qualified Veteran hired after January 1, 2007.  The credit is available for Veterans who were members of the Armed Forces, the Armed Force reserves, or the Illinois National Guard on active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
 
The following is the list of 2008 statewide Veteran Service Office Open Houses: 
LOCATION
         DATE
TIME
135 W. Grant St. Macomb, IL 61455
June 2, 2008
10 - 2pm
362 North Linwood Road Galesburg, IL 61401
June 4, 2008
10 - 2pm
10 Collinsville Ave. E. St. Louis, IL 62201
June 13, 2008
10 - 3pm
101 N. 4th St, Room 203 Effingham, IL 62401
June 18, 2008
10 - 3pm
1707 N. 12th St. Quincy, IL 62301
June 18, 2008
10 - 2pm
Dept. of Human Services RR #1, Box 418 Lawrenceville, IL 62439
June 20, 2008
10 - 3pm
716 6th Ave. Rock Falls, IL 61071
June 20, 2008
10 - 2pm
113 W. Main Street Bensenville, IL 60106
July 2, 2008
10 - 2pm
2900 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435
July 3, 2008
10 - 2pm
10451 N. 2nd St., Rm. 158 Machesney Park, IL 61115
July 3, 2008
10 - 2pm
1 Veterans Dr. Manteno, IL 60950
July 3, 2008
10 - 2pm
6610 W. Cermak Rd. Berwyn, IL 60402
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
100 W. Randolph, Ste.5-570 Chicago, IL 60601
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
5200 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Room 101-103 North Chicago, IL 60615
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
1551 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago, IL 60615
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
2122 W. Taylor, Suite 127 Chicago, IL 60612
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
Dept. of Human Services 1647 W. 59th St., 2nd Fl. Chicago, IL 60636
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
1010 Dixie Highway, Suite 211 Chicago Heights, IL 60411
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
515 E. Thacker Des Plaines, IL 60016
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
14700 Ravinia Rd. Orland Park, IL 60462
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
721 S. Quentin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
13838 S. Springfield, Rm 132 Robbins, IL 60472
July 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
713A E. Church St. Harrisburg, IL 62946
July 14, 2008
10 - 3pm
223 W. Stephenson St., Ste. 201 Freeport, IL 61032
July 15, 2008
10 - 2pm
600 E. Main St., Ste. 6 Salem, IL 62881
July 16, 2008
10 - 3pm
3001 Green Bay Rd. Bldg. 135 ground floor North Chicago, IL 60064
July 17, 2008
10 - 2pm
1301 Sunset Ridge Rd. Woodstock, IL 60098
July 17, 2008
10 - 2pm
1521 W. Walnut Jacksonville, IL 62650
July 18, 2008
10 - 2pm
600 E. University, Rm 111-114 Urbana, IL 61802
July 29, 2008
10 - 2pm
3133 N. Woodford St., Ste. 2B Decatur, IL 62526
August 6, 2008
10 - 2pm
1504 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201
August 7, 2008
10 - 2pm
825 W. Reynolds, Suite 110 Pontiac, IL 61764-2341
August 8, 2008
10 - 2pm
500 W. Main St. Benton, IL 62812
August 14, 2008
10 - 3pm
110 E. Nicholas Carlinville, IL 62626
August 22, 2008
10 - 3pm
111 N. East Street Kewanee, IL 61443
August 26, 2008
10 - 2pm
254 Raymond St. Elgin, IL 60120
September 9, 2008
10 - 2pm
#1 Doctors Park, Suite G Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
September 9, 2008
10 - 3pm
900 Lake Street Rm 205 Aurora, IL 60506
September 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
10 S. Jackson St., Ste. 102 Belleville, IL 62226
September 12, 2008
10 - 3pm
421 County Farm Rd. Room 1-800 Wheaton, IL 60187
September 12, 2008
10 - 2pm
323 Fulton Plaza Peoria, IL 61602
September 15, 2008
10 - 2pm
617 Walnut St. Murphysboro, IL 62966
September 22, 2008
10 - 3pm
2309 W. Main St., Ste. 122 Marion, IL 62959
October 8, 2008
10 - 3pm
105 E. Main Cross Taylorville, IL 62568
October 9, 2008
10 - 2pm
833 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62704
October 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
112 Broadway Ave. East Mattoon, IL 61938
October 15, 2008
10 - 3pm
1623 Washington Ave. Alton, IL 62002
October 17, 2008
10 - 3pm
2 S. Main St. Princeton, IL 61356
November 10, 2008
10 - 2pm
212 W. Fairchild Danville, IL 61832
November 12, 2008
10 - 2pm
1616 S. Main St., Rm 15 & 16 Bloomington, IL 61701
November 19, 2008
10 - 2pm
 
For more information about the statewide Veteran Service Office Open Houses, call the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-437-9824.  A full list of the Veteran Service Offices can be found on IDVA’s website at www.state.il.us/agency/dva/offices.htm.


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