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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2011

IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair October 27th in Mattoon

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Thursday, October 27th at the Mattoon VFW Post 4325 at 1220 South 19th Street, Mattoon, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.

Helping Our Hometown Heroes is a great resource for veterans to learn about and tap into all the benefits they have earned and are entitled to receive,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “We appreciate all of the agencies that support these events and are working hard to serve veterans and their families in this community.”

Many federal, state and local agencies and organizations throughout the region will attend the event, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Participating people and organizations include U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s office, Congressman Tim Johnson’s office, Illinois State Representative Chapin Rose’s office, Illinois State Treasurer’s office, Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Eastern Illinois University, OEF/OIF Group, Danville VAMC, CBOC of Mattoon, Illinois Telecommunications Access Corp. (ITAC), Lake Land College, Coles County Council on Aging, Palm Terrace Nursing Home, and Douglas Rehabilitation Center.

For more information and future events, please visit the Helping Our Hometown Heroes website.



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