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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2009

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts Helping Our Hometown Heroes Event in Salem
Events held statewide to provide Veterans’ access to available benefits and assistance

SALEM - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event today at the Marion County Savings Bank in Salem 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 deserve and have earned. 

“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 members,” Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Dan Grant said.

The Helping Our Hometown Heroes event in Mattoon ran from 1-4 p.m. at the Marion County Savings Bank Annex, 301 W. Main St., and included informational booths, presentations, and one-on-one assistance from experts in a variety of areas including healthcare, employment, housing, education, and more.

Many federal, state and local agencies and organizations from Marion, Clay and Clinton Counties, and other organizations throughout the region participated in today’s event including the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Illinois Department of Human Services among other organizations.

IDVA has hosted Helping Our Hometown Heroes events at locations statewide, and will continue to do so over the next few months.  All local Veterans, family members, friends and neighbors are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you’d like to set up a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event in your community, please visit the IDVA website at www.veterans.illinois.gov.



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