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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2009

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

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event today at Lawrenceville City Hall, 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 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,” Director Grant said. “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.”

The Helping Our Hometown Heroes event in Lawrenceville ran from 11 a.m.-3 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 Lawrence County participated in today’s special event including: United Methodist Village, Lawrence County Health Care, Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home, American Red Cross, Evansville, IN. VA Clinic, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Lawrence County Hospital, Cong. Tim Johnson, Old National Bank, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, American Diabetes Foundation and the Lawrence County Health Department.

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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