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May 8, 2009

State Veterans’ Affairs Hosts A Helping Our Hometown Heroes Event in Riverside
Statewide events will take place over the next few months to ensure Veterans know about all available benefits and assistance

RIVERSIDE - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event today at the Riverside Township Auditorium, for local Veterans, their families, and friends.  Various federal, state and local organizations came together for the event that was dedicated to assisting Illinois’ military heroes and their families in getting all the benefits they rightfully deserve.  The event also served a perfect opportunity for a Town Hall Meeting.  IDVA Director Dan Grant was among the speakers. 

“The Helping Our Hometown Heroes events are a great opportunity for our Veterans and their families to receive one-on-one assistance from professionals who know the resources available to help take care of our service men and women.  It is also a great way to learn about state and federal benefits.  I urge all Veterans, their families, friends, and other members of the community to come out to a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event,” said Director Grant.

The Helping Our Hometown Heroes event in Riverside ran from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and included informational booths, presentations, and one-on-one assistance from experts in a variety of areas including healthcare, employment, housing, education, and more. 

Federal, state and local agencies and organizations from Cook County participated in today’s special event including:  American Legion; AMVETS; DeVry University; Evanston Vet Center; First Mortgage; Illinois Army National Guard; Illinois Departments of Aging, Employment Security, Healthcare & Family Services and Veterans’ Affairs; Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office; Illinois Student Assistance Commission; Illinois Terrorism Task Force; Marine Corps League; Money Management; National Women Veterans Association; Oak Park Vet Center; Senior Helpers; Social Security Agency; Solutions for Care (BCCA); State Approving Agency; Student Veterans; Troops to Teachers; US Air Force Recruiters; US Army Recruiters; U-S Congressman Daniel Lipinski’s Office; US Marine Corp Recruiters; US VA Hospitals (Hines & Jesse Brown); VARO; Veterans Multi-Purpose Resource Center; Vietnam Veterans of America; and Young Entrepreneurs of the Universe.

 IDVA will host Helping Our Hometown Heroes events at locations across the state over the next few months.  All local Veterans, family members, friends and neighbors are welcome and encouraged to attend. 


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