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“Reporting in, Sir!” Military Veterans need to join support groups to protect their benefits

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“Reporting in, Sir!” Military Veterans need to join support groups to protect their benefits

By Jerry Field

Veterans Affairs Editor Jerry Field

Veterans Affairs Editor Jerry Field

It appears that Service to Veterans has become an industry all its own. Those who have served are entitled to fair and reliable treatment and many excellent services are available for Veterans.

The urgency to have young Veterans join a Veterans group is the most important event a Vet can do to protect benefits for himself and those will be serving in the coming years. The WWII Vets are dying at an astounding rate as are the Korean Vets.

In order to maintain a voice in Washington and secure our current benefits for medical care and education, we need a strong representation to our elected officials. The Veterans groups about nine of them in Washington D.C. are constantly on the alert for increasing the VA budget and supporting Veterans benefits.

The Veterans Group are more involved than with just a beer and a war story.  All our Veterans groups today are on duty with hospital visits, at all three Chicago area VA hospitals, securing needed sundries, books and helping writing letters and raising awareness for better services.

If you’re thinking about joining and offering continued services to our Veterans in and out of hospitals, join today. If you need a little help or information about joining, send an e-mail to [email protected].

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Consider this fact: The oldest and largest and best social network in the country was started just after the Civil War when a group of Veterans partitioned Congress to setup up a fund to help Civil War Veterans. Today, being a member of a Veteran group helps keep the spirit of what was started in the 1860’s alive and well. Each Veterans group will welcome new members. There a lot of work to be done, and a lot of volunteer work needs to be accomplished. As Veterans are well aware, Veterans who needs help would rather talk with another Veteran when they are looking for resources and guidance.

Attend An Event:

There are a number of in person events sponsored by organizations that have been supporting veterans for a long time. Avail yourself of the following Veterans events:

Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) will hold a 4 hour job fair for military and spouses, on May 6th at 1000 North Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, IL 60025 from 10 AM to 2PM, The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA), Register at Eventbrite.com.

Registration for VeteranHiringExpo.org   May 15 at the Sears Center Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates 60192.  Details 847 983 7411

There are free services on the Internet for job seekers. Try:  Monster.com   Climber.com

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has a Veterans coordinator at each location.  The services include review of your military training, education and a computer list of jobs available.

Be In An Event:

If you or your Veterans group would like to be in one or more of the many Memorial Day parades, show your colors and join the parade.  Check your local city’s web site.

Veterans Supporting Veterans: Housing and Mortgages:

Jack Amberg, The Federal Savings and Loan Bank   owned and operated by Vets

There are several new regulations for buying and refinancing homes and extensions if your home is underwater or on a short sale.

Contact Jack at [email protected]  phone: 630 995 5244

Jack is a retired Army Veterans and is aware of VA new mortgages processing procedures including mortgages for upgrade.

And when you see a someone in uniform, give him or her a hand shake and offer “Thank you for your service”. You’ll be glad you did.

(Jerry Field is an award winning Chicago writers. He is the Veteran’s Editor for the Illinois News Network. Email him at [email protected].)

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Jerry Field

Veteran's Affairs Editor at Illinois News Online
Jerry Field is an award winning Chicago writer and former military veteran. Email him at [email protected]