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         December 2010                                    Call to aCtion: Volunteer & help our Vets today!                                              Volume 34 No. 12



          In this issue:                            Illinois AMVETS completes pledge
                                   Catholic
                                   Charities           to St. Leo Campus for Veterans
                                   Completion of    This year marks
                                   Pledge           the completion of
                                                    the $2.5 million
                                   Marion updates   pledge the Illinois
                                                    AMVETS made to
                                                    the St. Leo Campus
                                   Spotlight on     for Veterans in Chi-
                                   Post 52          cago. The comple-
                                                    tion of the pledge
                                                    was presented on
                                   Suicide          Veterans Day, as
                                   Prevention       Commander William
                                   Lifeline         Buckner, Service
                                                    Foundation Presi-
                                                    dent Rudy Spauld-
                                                    ing and Healthcare
                                                    Facility President
                                                    Lincoln Tamraz pre-
                                                    sented Monsignor
                                                    Michael Boland
                                                    with the final check
                                                    (shown).
                                                                           Front: Charles W. Mulaney, Jr. , chair of Catholic Charities Board of Advisors, Monsignor
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                                                                          Michael M. Boland, Service Foundation President Rudy Spaulding, PNC and Healthcare
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                                                    The campus, created
            PEORIA, IL




                                                    by Catholic Charities Facility President Lincoln Tamraz. Back: Senior Vice Commander Raleigh Showens, Com-
               PAID




                                                    of Chicago, was the mander William Buckner and William D’Arcy, Vice President of Housing Management and
                                                                                                                 Development.
                                                    result of collabora-
                                                    tion with the Veterans                                         and supportive services simultaneously. The benefit to
                                                    Administration following the Homeless Veterans Com-            this is three-fold: first, homelessness for those residents
                                                    prehensive Act of 2001. In 2006, the Illinois AMVETS           is eliminated; secondly, health issues, both physical and
                                                    pledged $2.5 million to this project after identifying a       mental, can be addressed, as well as support for substance
                                                    growing number of homeless or near-homeless veter-             abuse; finally, employment assistance is available.
                                                    ans needed assistance. In the six-county Chicago-area,
                                                    approximately 18,000 veterans are homeless. Chronic            Hundreds of veterans have been served by this program
                                                    illnesses, mental instability and substance abuse problems     thus far. Currently there are 122 individuals living at the
                                                    are often intensified by unstable living conditions and lack   St. Leo Residence. Just this year (FY2010), 146 men and
                                                    of proper healthcare. The St. Leo Campus for Veterans          10 women have received 46,660 safe nights provided
                                                    was created to help veterans dealing with these types of       from living at the residence. The majority of these vet-
           AMVETS State Headquarters




                                                    setbacks.                                                      erans were over the age of 50, which reflects the aging
                                                                                                                   Vietnam-era veterans.
                                                    The St. Leo Residence is the central component of the
           Springfield, IL 62703
           2200 South 6th Street




                                                    campus, providing supportive housing for 141 veterans.
                                                    The residence provides safe housing with employment                              Continued on page 10.




                                                             w w w. i l a m v e t s . o r g

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                       2010-2011
                        AMVETS                                           C o m m a n d e r ’s C o r n e r
                   Department of Illinois
                                 State Officers:                                                          My fellow AMVETS,
                         Commander: William Buckner
                      Senior Vice Cmdr.: Raleigh Showens
                                                                                                          With 2010 coming to a close I want to thank every one of you for all
                      Junior Vice Cmdr.: Cheryl Weglewski
                                                                                                          of your hard work for veterans. In this bad economy with limited
                               Headquarters Staff:                                                        funds you have all stepped up to the plate to help our less fortunate
                      Executive Director: Len Baumgartner                                                 veterans. We are doing more with less and should be very pleased
                      Membership Director: Keith Wetherell                                                with ourselves.
                               Programs Director: Crystal Blakeman
                 Public Relations Director/Editor: Ashley Murphy                                          I have been in every division this past year and seen first hand the
                       Executive Assistant: Katie Van Dyke                                                work you are doing. I hear and understand your concerns for the
                                                                                                          present and our future.
                   AMVETS Veterans Service Department:
                       Regional Director: Richard Miller
                                                                                                          Our Marion Project should be completed by the end of December.
                                NSO: Jose Garcia
                     Accredited VSO: Connie Deleonardis
                                                                                                          This new structure will house mental health, physical rehabilitation,
                   Located at the Chicago VA Regional Office                                              and prosthetics component facilities, as well as an aerobic therapy
                                  312.980.4256                                                            pool and an employment research center. This project is just a part
                                                                     of our bright future.
                     Illinois Veteran Service Department:
                                Mary Ann White                       The grant program from the Service Foundation is still available for our less affluent posts to help with
                                Hines VA Hospital                    their individual ongoing projects. Remember, our objective is to have veterans serving veterans.
                                  708.202.2564
                                                                     On a personal note, I want to thank Wheeling Post 66 for buying a table at the USO Gala held at Navy
                            Auburn Greshem Clinic
                                                                     Pier in Chicago. This generous gift enabled our Department Auxiliary President and her husband to
                                773.651.7459
                                                                     attend this wonderful event, as well as the NEC Women’s Liaison Officer and her son, PNC Lincoln
                                   Bob Dartt                         Tamraz and his wife and members of Post 66. I also attended this affair representing the Department of
                                Danville VAMC                        Illinois AMVETS with our Service Foundation President and our significant others.
                                 217.554.4838
                                                                     A special thanks also to Post 18 for their generous donation to our scholarship program for this coming
                                 Harold Dukala                       year.
                             VAMC North Chicago
                            847.688.1900 ext. 84138                  May God bless each and every one of you, and God bless America! Remember to pray for our troops
                                                                     who are serving to preserve our freedoms.
                                 Rob Hookham
                                VAMC Marion
                            618.997.5311 ext. 54743
                                                                     In closing, I wish everyone a most joyous holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous new year.

                                Michael Ragusa                                                                                                       Yours In AMVETS Service
                                   Lead VSO
                              Scott Air Force Base
                                 309.235.5090
                                                                                                                                            Department Commander Of Illinois
                              George Sebastian
                          VA Outpatient Clinic Peoria
                               217.494.1454                                        Veterans, we appreciate all you have done,
                                                                                                 and We Care.
                          Support AMVETS today!
                       Donate to our troops today!
                                                                                              If you or some you know needs help now, please call:
                               We to AMVETS
                            Donate accept

                                                                            1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press “1”
                             makes it easy!                                   http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans
                           www.ilamvets.org
                               www.ilamvets.org
                                                                       The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded
                                                                      a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 ac-
                                                                                                         cess to trained counselors.
                         AMVETS State Headquarters
                           2200 South Sixth Street
                            Springfield, IL 62703                                            Or call one of Veterans Service Officers listed to the left.
                                217.528.4713
                             www.ilamvets.org                                                                  We can help.
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                 Membership                                             Programs                                               Upcoming
           Dear AMVETS,                                           Dear AMVETS,                                                  Events
                                                                                                                                          Fall NEC
           Now that it’s renewal                                  Happy Holidays! I                                                  December 3-5, 2010
           time, let us concentrate                               am sure each of you                                          Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
           on getting renewals in                                 are busy with family                                    13869 Park Center Rd., Herndon, VA 20171
           early.                                                 activities and shopping.                                              800.445.8667
                                                                  I do hope that you are                                                $99-109/night
           There are over 900,00                                  remembering those in                                         Statehouse Wreath Ceremony
           veterans and over                                      need around you. Fam-                                         December 7, 2010, 11:00 AM
           65,000 National Guard                                  ily and friends usually                                 Contact Rose Connolly at 217.891.8719 for
           veterans, either home                                  come first for all of us,                                          more information.
           or returning home from                                 but it is important that
           the Iraq and Afghanistan                               we remember those who                                             Wreaths Across America
                                                                                                                                 December 11, 2010, 11:00 AM
           wars. This is a vast number of eligible men and        are in need, not only financially, but just needing        Various locations throughout Illinois
           woman to join our organization. Let them know          some sort of help. If the snow is falling, shovel-         Visit www.ilamvets.org for more info.
           as a member of AMVETS they can make a dif-             ing is needed. I know if it wasn’t for my neigh-
           ference in the lives of veterans, their families and   bor, my driveway would only have a tunnel for                Bob Michel VA CBOC moving
           their community.                                       my car to get in and out. Going over and having                       January 2011
                                                                  a cup of coffee or inviting a neighbor over for an    The CBOC will be moving in mid-January to the
                                                                                                                                  following new location:
           Not only are new members important, but keep-          afternoon of conversation will help with those
                                                                                                                                7717 N. Orange Prairie Rd.
           ing our current members that have built this           lonely days.                                                 Questions? Call Julie McLamb
           organization are important. You are the strength                                                                        309.497.0790, ext. 4797
           of AMVETS. As you are renewing or signing up           Veterans in local nursing homes are many times
           new members this would be a good time to con-          forgotten by some of us. I strongly suggest                         Division V Meeting
           sider going life before January 1, 2011. At that       checking out nursing homes in your town and                     February 13, 2011, 1:00 PM
           time life membership will go up to $200.00             see if there are any veterans living there. Check              Post 51 in Granite City, Illinois
                                                                  to see if they need anything or anyone to visit.                   Division IV Meeting
           Let’s all work together to get membership to           There is nothing sadder than sitting around and                 February 20, 2011, 1:00 PM
           100% by the end of this year.                          having no one to talk to. Take your checkerboard                  Post 276 in Elliot, Illinois
                                                                  along; who doesn’t like to play? Drop off Christ-
           With the holidays quickly approaching, I would         mas cards and watch those smiles grow.                           Department SEC Meeting
           like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season,                                                                           February 25 - 27, 2011
                                                                                                                        President Abe Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center
           followed by a healthy and prosperous new year.         Each of these activities is considered program                        Springfield, IL
                                                                  activities. I ask that all posts and all members       For more information, please contact Crystal
                                             Yours in service,    report these activities to National. If a computer              Blakeman at 217.528.4713
                                                                  is not available or you are not sure as to how to                       $70/night
                                   Raleigh Showens                report your activities, please contact Crystal at
                                                                                                                              Honors & Awards Applications Due
                        Senior Vice Commander of Membership       State Headquarters. You can also contact me if
                                                                                                                                        March 1, 2011
                                                                  necessary.
                                                                                                                                Applications can be found at:
                                                                                                                         http://www.ilamvets.org/mem_manuals.cfm
                                                                  There are so many activities available true to my
                                                                  heart in regards to working with our young peo-               Division IV Scholarship Judging
                                                                  ple in schools or scouting. National AMVETS                      March 12, 2001, 9:00 AM
                                                                  has an excellent Americanism program. There                       Post 3 in Champaign, IL
                                                                  are programs available for children of all ages.
                                                                                                                                           Spring NEC
                                                                  It would behoove us to contact our local schools                     March 15-19, 2011
                                                                  and see if they would be willing to be a part of              Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
                                                                  the program. There is a Flag Drawing Contest                            Herndon, VA
                                                                  for grades kindergarten to first. Second grade to            For reservations, call 703.478.2900
                                                                  5th grades can enter the poster contest. An essay                      $99-109/night
                                                                  contest is for seventh through twelfth graders.
                                                                                                                         AMVETS Nat’l Scholarship Program Deadline
                                                                  The theme this year is “Why is it important to                       April 15, 2011
                                                                  vote?”.                                                Visit www.amvets.org for more information.

                                                                  If this program is not what you would like to get                Welcome Home 2011 Parade
                                                                  involved in there is the Coloring Book program,                          June 17-19-2011
                                                                  where the Post is able to order “I Pledge Alle-       This is the 25th Anniversary of the Chicago Viet-
                                                                                                                             nam Veterans Welcome Home Parade.
                                                                  giance” Comic/Coloring Books and present them
                                                                                                                                             Chicago, IL
                                                                  to students in the lower grades. (See page 5)             For more information or to register for this
                                                                                                                              event, visit: www.serviceandhonor.org
                                                                                Continued on page 5


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                     Diabetes Information to
                      Keep You In The Know                                                                                  Spotlight on
                  with Dr. Chapman-Novakofski
                                            Most everyone knows that hypertension,
                                                                                                                              Post 52
                                            or high blood pressure, can be dangerous
                                            to health. But it doesn’t hurt like a broken
                                                                                             On September 25th, Fisher Post 52 AMVETS and Ladies Auxiliary members
                                            hip. Sometimes people with hypertension
                                                                                             traveled to Marseilles to hand out the AMVETS tactical shirts for the 708
                                            feel just fine and skip their medication.
                                                                                             Medical Unit.
                                            This isn’t good. Blood pressure medica-
                                            tion needs to be taken every day, even
                                                                                             Top: Shown is Captain Andrews, Chaplain with Post 52, and AMVETS mem-
                                            when you are feeling really good.
                                                                                             ber and Ladies Auxiliary members Kelly Bauer, Vicki Johnson, Scott Lucas,
                                                                                             Chris Pruett.
                                           Your veins don’t burst with high blood
                                           pressure the way water pipes might under
                                                                                             Bottom: Scott Lucas is shown with two members of the 708 Medical Unit.
                                           a lot of pressure. What does happen is
                                           that the veins and arteries become less
                                           “stretchy.” They become stiffer and less
                                           flexible when blood flows through. This
                                           causes the pressure in the veins and arter-
             Karen Chapman-Novakofski,
                         RD, PhD
                                           ies to increase. If the pressure gets very
                                           high, some of the pressure will be relieved
                    University of Illinois by “backing up” to the heart or kidneys.
                         for the
               Illinois AMVETS Diabetes    This causes damages to these organs, and
             Education Research Program    then they don’t work well. Sometimes
                                           the damage is permanent, and sometimes
                                           it can be reversed. However, sometimes
            these organs–the heart and kidneys–quit working altogether.

            Having uncontrolled or poorly managed hypertension will increase your
            risk for heart attacks and strokes. Have your blood pressure checked at
            every doctor’s visit. If you have diabetes, it is especially important to
            have your blood pressure checked.

            Remember that your blood pressure can vary from day to day, and even
            according to the time of day. Several blood pressure readings per year are
            recommended - more often if your blood pressure tends to be high, you
            have a couple of high readings, or you have recently begun treatment for
            hypertension.

            If you have high blood pressure, there are two nutrition-related goals you
            and your health care team may set: maintaining or achieving a desirable
            weight; and reducing the amount of sodium (salt) in your diet. However,
            a more comprehensive dietary plan is called DASH, which stands for
            Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

            The DASH diet can be used with any meal plan for those with diabetes. It
            emphasizes a meal plan that is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and total
            fat and higher in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods. It also is
            lower in sodium than many dietary patterns.

            Talk to your dietitian or health care provider about ways to use the DASH
            diet with your diabetes meal plan. Remember that maintaining or achiev-
            ing a healthy weight is very important for both your blood pressure and
            diabetes management.



                 Remember to check out more information
                       about diabetes care at:

                 http://urbanext.illinois.edu/diabetes2/


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             Programs Report continued                                                                                                                   AMVETS
                There is also a Flag Etiquette Coloring Page that
               can be found on the national website. Included
                                                                              I again wish each of you and your families a very
                                                                              happy and safe holiday season.
                                                                                                                                                         Careers
               on the national website under Americanism are
               websites for teachers and non-teachers to use when                                                    Yours in service,
               teaching about the US Flag and Government. I                                                                                    Veterans’ Service Officer
Print Form     strongly recommend taking a look at these web-
                                                                                                          Cheryl Weglewski                         Danville, Illinois
               sites. I use them when teaching American Govern-                                   Senior Vice Commander of Programs
               ment myself.                                                                                                              The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation, with its
                                                                                                                                         great working atmosphere, is looking to fill a full
                                                                                                                                         time position in the Danville, Illinois area. Good
                                                                                                                                         managerial, communication skills and past experi-
                                                                                                                                         ence required. One must have working knowledge
                                                                                                                                         of Windows XP and related computer skills. Hours
                                                                                                                                         are 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, M-F, with minimum
                                                                                                                                         weekend work. Base Salary is $25,000.00 plus
                                                                                                                                         great benefits. Qualified applicants must be honor-
                                                                                                                                         ably discharged veterans. Submit resume to Illinois
                                                                                                                                         AMVETS Service Foundation, State Headquarters,
                                                                                                                                         and Attn: Personnel Committee, 2200 South Sixth
                                                                                                                                         Street, Springfield, Illinois 62703. Or email resume
                                                                                                                                         to katie@ilamvets.org (No Phone Calls) An Equal
                                                                                                                                         Opportunity Employer.
                              PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE /
                      AMERICANISM CONTEST PROMOTION BOOKLET                                                                                         Legislative Director
                                   ORDER FORM                                                                                                          Lanham, MD
                                                                                                                                         Nature of work:
                      Booklets are (.75) each, which includes shipping and handling. Send a check                                                  Serves as the primary individual responsible
                      payable to AMVETS National Department, or payment can be made by                                                   to promote AMVETS legislative, national security,
                      MasterCard, Visa or AMEX. Mailing is by UPS, so please allow up to 5 business                                      and foreign affairs goals by representing our views
                      days for delivery. A minimum of 50 booklets must be ordered.                                                       before the Congress of the United States, federal
                                                                                                                                         departments and agencies, and policy makers.
                                                                                                                                                   Analyzes and interprets veterans issues,
                      Complete the form below and mail to: AMVETS National Headquarters
                                                                                                                                         national security and foreign affairs information with
                                                                         Attn: Programs Dept.                                            intent to design, promote and administer AMVETS
                                                                         4647 Forbes Blvd                                                legislative programs responsible for supporting con-
                                                                         Lanham, MD 20706                                                stituent AND all veterans interests.
                      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                 Position requires significant public relations
                                                                                                                                         and interpersonal skills to promote AMVETS poli-
                                             Pledge of Allegiance / Americanism Contest Booklet                                          cies and positions. Exceptional analytical ability is
                                                                                                                                         required to design and present the AMVETS position
                      The _____________________would like to purchase ________ Booklets.                                                 and policy to concerned agencies through written and
                           (Individual/Dept Name or Post Number)                              Total Number)                              oral communications.

                      Your name (please print):___________________________________________                                               Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:
                                                                                                                                                   Position requires significant knowledge of
                                                                                                                                         veterans affairs and the Congress to the degree that
                      Telephone number:________________________                                                                          it makes the incumbent authoritative in these areas.
                                                                                                                                         Typically includes public speaking on various related
                      Your title within the post/dept:_________________________________________                                          subjects. Incumbent may be frequently called upon
                                                                                                                                         for his or her views.
                      Your address:_____________________________________________________                                                           Position requires 5-10 years related experi-
                                                                                                                                         ence. A combination of advanced education and ex-
                                                                                                                                         perience may be substituted for experience require-
                                         _____________________________________________________                                           ment. However, 5 years experience unwaiverable.
                                                                                                                                                   Must have superior ability to establish,
                      Your signature:_____________________________________ Date:__________                                               maintain and expand a readily assessable network
                                                                                                                                         of key policy makers and their professional staffs.
                      Method of Payment:                                                                                                 Must possess the interpersonal skills to motivate and
                      ___ Check enclosed (Made payable to AMVETS Nat. Dept.)                                                             persuade others concerning AMVETS positions/poli-
                      ___ Visa ___ M/C ___ AMEX Card No. _______________________ Exp. Date _____                                         cies.
                                                                                                                                                   Must have exceptionally strong written and
                      Signature: _____________________________________                                                                   verbal presentation skills. Effective knowledge of
                                                                                                                                         management information and data processing sys-
                                                                                                                                         tems.
                 Form Available at:                           http://amvets.org/pdfs/programs_pdfs/                                      Contact AMVETS National Headquarters for more
                                                         comic_book_form.pdf
                                                                                                                                                   information. (877) 726-8387


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           Donate Today!                                                       Winter Driving Safety Tips
           Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation offers a
                                                                     Winter brings out two distinct                                                           on black ice can
           great opportunity for you to help support our na-
                                                                     types of drivers; those who                                                              mean disaster;
           tion’s servicemen and women. Within the Chi-
                                                                     treat the ice and snow with
           cago-area AMVETS offers specific locations to
                                                                     gentleness and care, and those                                                           • Remembers
           drop off donations of household goods and cloth-
                                                                     who don’t seem to distinguish                                                            that ice forms
           ing. Attendants will assist you with your dona-
                                                                     between winter and summer                                                                first and melts
           tions at each location, so please see the list below
                                                                     driving! There is really no                                                              last on bridges
           for the drop-off site near you. Each site location
                                                                     trick to being a good winter                                                             and overpasses,
           is open Monday-Saturday 8-5, Sunday 9-5 unless
                                                                     driver if you and your car are                                                           where cold air
           noted. You can also go to www.amvetspickup.
                                                                     prepared. Consider the fol-                                                              gets underneath,
           com to email your pickup requests directly from
                                                                     lowing:                                                                                  causing the
           home or call 708-388-7800. The pickup service
                                                                                                                                                              temperature to
           operates on a routing system allowing for pickups
                                                                     • Make sure your car is ready                                                            drop faster than
           every few days or weeks depending upon your
                                                                     for winter by having the                                                                 anywhere else;
           location. We greatly appreciate your generous
                                                                     engine tuned and proper tires
           donations and continued support of AMVETS.
                                                                     mounted before the snow                                                                  • Keep your
           Tax receipts are available, which means that you
                                                                     arrives;                                                                                 car’s windshield
           can get a tax deduction for next year’s tax return.
                                                                                                                                                              washer fluid tank
                                                                     • Carry emergency equipment                                                              full. Winter slush
            Site                                                     in your vehicle, including a                                                             can temporar-
                          Location                  Host Site
            Name                                                     snow shovel, battery jumper                                                              ily blind you,
            Bridegview    7325 W. 79th St.          Kmart Lot        cables, a bag of sand, cat lit-                                                          especially when
            Bridgeview    10260 S. Harlem Ave.      Walmart          ter or traction pads, a towing                                                           you are following
                          (Site is open everyday    Parking Lot      cable, flares, a complete set                                                            vehicles.
                          from 9-5)                                  of warm clothing, gloves and
            Darien        1 blk. west of 75th &     Walmart          boots, blanket, and a chemical                                                           Support
                          Fairview                  Parking Lot      hand warmers to help keep                                                                AMVETS simply
            Des Plaines   Oakton/Lee Rd.            West side of     you warm if the engine will                                                              by paying your
                                                    parking lot in   not start;                                                                               insurance bill.
                                                    front of KMart
                                                                                                                                                              No hidden fees
            Forest Park   DesPlaines & Roos-        Walmart
                                                                     • To get your vehicle moving                                                             or special costs.
                          evelt Rd.
                                                                     if it is stuck in snow or on ice,                                                        Just pay your bill
            Joliet        1401 Illinois Rte. 59     Walmart
                          (Theodore & Rte 59)                        turn the wheels from side to                                                             like you already
            Lombard       345 W. Roosevelt Rd.      Kmart lot
                                                                     side to help push snow out of                                                            do – only feel a
                                                                     the way. Keep a light touch                                                             little better about
            Minooka       855 S. Ridge Rd. (Site    Ace Hardware
                          open everyday 9-5)                         on the gas and rock the vehicle back and forth          it. In many cases you can use your existing policy.
            Naperville    776 S. Rte. 59 (Site      Walmart
                                                                     gently. Shift from forward to reverse, and back         If not, we can shop you with some of the nation’s
                          open everyday 9-5)                         again. Don’t spin the wheels – you’ll likely just dig   top carriers.
            Oak Lawn      111th/Cicero Ave.         Kmart (By Gar-   yourself in deeper;
                                                    den Center)                                                              Contact the AMVETS Insurance program to learn
            Plainfield    127th St. & Rte. 59       Walmart          • Ice is a major hazard during winter driving,          more. Call 888-215-0613 or go online to www.
                          (Site open everyday       (Southside of    particularly “black ice,” a thin layer of ice that is   SupportAmVets.org. Insurance services provided
                          10-4)                     Lot)             often invisible. Any sudden turns or acceleration       by CONSUMERS FIRST.
            Tinley Park   159th St. (Just east of   Burlington
                          Harlem Ave.)              Coat Factory
            Wheeling      700 McHenry Rd. (Site AMVETS Post
                          open everyday 10-4)   66                                                                                              PDC Rudy Spaulding and
            Willowbrook   Plainfield Rd./ Rte 83    Kmart
                                                                                                                                                members from Post 120
                                                                                                                                                presented a new bingo
                                                                                                                                                machine and large num-
                                                                                                                                                ber vision impaired cards
                                                                                                                                                to the La Salle Veterans
                                                                                                                                                Nursing home.




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         Important AMVETS Mike’s Mic on Veterans’ Issues
              notices
                        Are you using our website?                We’re continuing a series of guest columns by our Illinois AMVETS Veterans Service Officers. This
         Please remember to visit our website, www.ilamvets.      month, Rob Hookham will be our columnist. Mr. Hookham can be found during business hours at
            org, and update or add your email to our mailing      Marion VAMC.
           list. You’ll be notified automatically of upcoming
                            AMVETS events.                        AMVETS & fellow veterans,

                                                                  New Regulations for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
                          What are the deadlines?
        Turn in your events to Ashley Murphy at least 30 days
                                                                  What are the effective dates and who does the new Regulation affect?
         in advance. The newspaper deadline is the 5th of the
                                                                  1.     The new rules will apply to claims…
          month, a month in advance. (Example, for August’s
                                                                         A.       Received by the VA on or after July 13, 2010;
         newspaper, I need the information by July 5th.) Ash-
                                                                         B.       Received before July 13, 2010 but not yet decided by a VA Regional Office;
                 ley’s email is: ashley@ilamvets.org.                    C.       Appealed to the BVA on or after July 13, 2010;
                                                                         D.       Appealed to the BVA before July 13, 2010, but not yet decided by the Board;
                      Need to change your address?                       E.       Pending before the VA on or after July 13, 2010, because the Court of Appeals for
            Let us know eight weeks before you go. Please                         Veterans Claims vacated a Board decision & remanded for re-adjudication.
         contact the AMVETS Headquarters at 217/528-4713          2.     The new rules will affect any Veteran of any era.
         to change your address. Don’t miss any issues of the            A.       The rule has NO geographic requirement;
                             newspaper!                                  B.       Is NOT limited to service in a combat zone or on land.
                                                                                  a.       It applies to all persons who served in Active Military, Naval or Air service as
                       Do you know an AMVET not                                             defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(24) and
                         getting the newspaper?                                   b.       Were discharged or
                   Have them contact State Headquarters at                        c.       Released from such service under conditions other than Dishonorable.
                 217.528.4713 to get added to the mailing list!
                                                                  What are the new requirements of this change?
                                                                  1.     To be Service Connected for PTSD, the following are required;
                      Would you like the Department
                                                                         A.      The veteran must have…
                      Commander to visit your post?                              a.       experienced,
            Contact Crystal Blakeman at 217/528.4713 or by
                                                                                 b.       witnessed,
                     email at crystal@ilamvets.org.                              c.       or have been confronted by an event or circumstance that involved…
                                                                                          1.      Actual or threatened death or serious injury,
                       Headquarters can help YOU!                                         2.      Or a threat to the physical integrity of the veteran or others,
          Please let us know if you need any assistance with                              3.      And the Veterans response to the event or circumstance involved a
        advertising events or contacting the media. We’re here                                    state of fear, helplessness or horror.
                                to help!                                 B.      The veteran has been Diagnosed (DX) with PTSD;
                                                                         C.      A VA Psychiatrist or Psychologist, or contract equivalent, confirms that the claimed
                       Getting valuable AMVETS                                   stressor is adequate to support a DX of PTSD.
                   Department of Illinois info is EASY!                  D.      The veteran’s symptoms are related to the claimed stressor, and
          Our Membership, Programs and Public Relations                  E.      The claimed stressor is consistent with;
          Manual, as well as our Parliamentary Procedures                        a.       The places,
        handbook are available online at www.ilamvets.org in                     b.       Types,
                    the “membership” section.                                    c.       and Circumstances of the veteran’s service & the record provides no clear and
                                                                                          convincing evidence to the contrary.
         Our Constitution & By-Laws handbook and our State
         Directory can be emailed to you directly. Please call    How does this help veterans?
         AMVETS headquarters to request your emailed copy         1.    The new regulation simplifies & streamlines the processing of PTSD claims resulting in
                               today.                                   timelier decisions.
                                                                  2.    The new regulation will provide a fair evaluation for Veterans whose military records…
         Monthly mailers are available on our website and by            A.       Have been damaged or destroyed, (i.e.: the 1973 fire at NPRC in St. Louis)
                               email.                                   B.       For whom no definitive report of combat action appears in their military records,
                                                                                 (administrative and support personnel pulling guard duty or patrols).
                                                                        C.       Women Veterans whose records do not specify that they had combat assignments even
                          Newspaper Correction:
                                                                                 though their roles place them at risk of hostile military or terrorist activity.
           In the October issue on Page 6, a photo incorrectly
            stated National Provost Marshall Eugene Meyer
           accompanied PDP Elsie Flerlage and Commander
                                                                                                                                                                  Sincerely,
           Buckner. The correct officer is Past National Sons
                       Commander Mike Mrzlak.                                                                                                    Rob Hookham
                                                                                                                                                      VSO, Marion VAMC




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                                                      Veterans Issues
        VA Announces Expansion of VetSuccess                         More Than 32,800 Veterans Hired During
                                                                                                                                proximately a 3.5 percentage point change. That is
         on Campus Pilots New Program Eases                                    First Half of FY2010                             2,600 more veterans hired into the Federal Govern-
          Veterans’ Transition to College Life                                                                                  ment in the first half of FY 2009.
                                                                      Washington, D.C. - Today, the President’s Interagency     *        The establishment of Veteran Employment
           WASHINGTON (Oct. 5, 2010) -- “Two commu-                   Council on Veterans Employment was briefed by U.S.        Program Offices in 24 Federal agencies in March
           nity colleges and three other four-year colleges and       Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director             2010.
           universities are being added to the Department of          John Berry, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs          *        The development of a Government-wide
           Veterans Affairs (VA) VetSuccess on Campus pilot           Scott Gould, and Department of Labor’s Assistant          Strategic Plan on Veteran recruitment and employ-
           program. VA counselors are being assigned to assist        Secretary for Veteran’s Employment and Training,          ment which was released in January 2010.
           Veterans attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill      Ray Jefferson, to inform them that thousands more         *        The creation of a Government-wide mar-
           make the most of their educational opportunities at        veterans have been hired by federal agencies since        keting campaign on the value of veterans, which
           Salt Lake City Community College, the Community            last November when President Barack Obama signed          launched in November 2009, and launching the
           College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Ari-        Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in          www.FedsHireVets.gov website in January 2010,
           zona State University and Texas A&M University.            the Federal Government, and established the Veter-        which established an information gateway on Federal
                                                                      ans Employment Initiative. Also at the briefing, the      employment for veterans.
           “A growing number of the eight million students in         council adopted a more aggressive new benchmark           *        The Veterans Employment Symposium in
           America’s community colleges are Veterans,” said           for veteran hiring among federal agencies.                July 2010 which provided training to HR and hiring
           Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “VA                                                                  managers.
           will do all it can to make Veterans’ experiences in our    More than 32,800 veterans have already been hired
           community colleges and universities fulfilling and         in the first six months by federal agencies, exceeding     While the Government is experiencing a strong
           productive for them, their schools and the Nation.”        last years’ number at this time. During the briefing      increase across the board in the first six months of
                                                                      at the Department of Labor, which was attended by         2010, there are some notable increases. The federal
           The pilot program is designed to ensure Veterans’          representatives from Veterans’ Service Organizations,     agencies that have already indicated a positive in-
           health, educational, and benefits needs are met as they    veterans and those currently serving in the military,     crease in veterans in the first six months as compared
           make the transition from active-duty military service      Gould, Jefferson, and Director Berry joined agency        to FY 2009 include the Department of Treasury, the
           to college life.                                           officials from throughout the federal government to       Department of Agriculture, the Department of Justice
                                                                      announce a new benchmark and discuss the progress         hired, and the Department of Interior.
           The announcement comes as the White House holds            made.
           the first-ever community college summit chaired                                                                       “These employment outcomes show how seriously
           by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden         “Our mission is simple: hire more veterans,” said        agencies are taking this initiative,” said Assistant
           and adjunct English professor at Northern Virginia         Director Berry. “The strong sense of patriotism and       Secretary Jefferson. “There is still much work to do,
           Community College. The meeting of top school and           public service held by members of our armed forces        but it’s clear that the federal government is up to the
           federal education officials will focus on ways that        does not leave them when they exit from active duty.      task.” •
           community colleges can help meet education and             It benefits our government to utilize their skills and
                                                                      dedication to service.”
           workforce demands.
                                                                                                                               Secretary Shinseki Announces $41.9 Mil-
           “I am thrilled to see the expansion of the VetSuccess      Council members adopted a new benchmark for                     lion to Help the Homeless
           program” said Dr. Biden. “I know the transition from       veteran hiring among federal agencies at today’s
           military to student life can be challenging and we owe     meeting. The Hiring Percentage Model will guide an        WASHINGTON - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric
           it to those who have served our country to make their      agency’s goal setting based on the current percentage     K. Shinseki has announced that 40 states will share
           transitions as easy and successful as possible.”           of veterans hired, to include disabled veterans. Those    more than $41.9 million in grants to community
                                                                      agencies with lower hiring percentages will have          groups to provide 2,568 beds for homeless Veterans
           Under the pilot program already underway at the            more aggressive goals, but will soon graduate to other    this year.
           University of South Florida, Cleveland State Uni-          tiers based on their performance.
           versity, and San Diego State University, experienced                                                                 “These grants wouldn’t have happened without the
           VA vocational rehabilitation counselors and outreach        “The jobless rate among Veterans returning from Iraq     extraordinary partnerships forged with community or-
           coordinators from VA’s Vet Centers are assigned to         and Afghanistan is unacceptably high,” said Deputy        ganizers,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “These
           campuses to provide vocational testing, career and         Secretary Gould. “The Federal government wants            investments will provide transitional beds to Veterans
           academic counseling, and readjustment counseling           to hire Veterans because of their experience, leader-     who have served honorably, but for various reasons
           services to ensure Veterans receive the support and        ship skills and commitment to our Country. Working        now find themselves in a downward spiral toward
           assistance needed to successfully pursue their educa-      together, we can do a lot of good for our Veterans and    despair and homelessness.”
           tional and employment goals.                               for our Nation.”
                                                                                                                                The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Pro-
           VA counselors work directly with school officials to       The goal of the President’s Veteran Employment            gram provides grants and per diem payments to help
           establish effective communications channels with           Initiative is to help Federal agencies identify quali-    public and nonprofit organizations establish and oper-
           Veteran students and coordinate the delivery of VA         fied veterans, clarify the hiring process for veterans    ate new supportive housing and service centers for
           benefits and services.                                     seeking employment with the Federal government,           homeless Veterans.
                                                                      and help veterans adjust to civilian life once they
           Peer-to-peer counseling and referral services are also     are hired. Much has been accomplished in the first        The $41.9 million is broken into two categories.
           available to help resolve any problems that could          10 months since the signing of the Executive Order        About $26.9 million will help renovate, rehabilitate
           potentially interfere with a Veteran’s educational         which points directly to the uptick in the number of      or acquire space for 1,352 transitional housing beds.
           program, including referrals for more intensive health     veterans hired, including:                                A second group of awards, valued at $15 million, will
           services through VA Medical Centers, Community-                                                                      immediately fund 1,216 beds at existing transitional
           Based Outpatient Clinics, or Vet Centers, as needed. •     *        Veterans were 30.2% of total new hires           housing for homeless Veterans this year. The awards
                                                                      during the first six months of FY 2010 compared to        will cover daily living costs based upon the number
                                                                      26.8% in the same period in FY 2009. This is ap-          of homeless Veterans being served in transitional

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                                                       Veterans Issues
                                                                                                                                   VA Announces $22.9 Million Expansion
           housing.                                                   Afghanistan and nine diseases and includes informa-
                                                                      tion about the long-term health effects potentially          of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
           A key component of VA’s plan to eliminate homeless-        associated with these diseases: Brucellosis, Campy-
           ness among Veterans within five years, the grants          lobacter jejuni, Coxiella Burnetii (Q fever), Malaria,       WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric
           and per diem payments helped reduce the number of          Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Nontyphoid Salmonella,           K. Shinseki has announced a $22.9 million construc-
           Veterans who were homeless on a typical night last         Shigella, Visceral leishmaniasis and West Nile virus.        tion contract to develop another section of Abraham
           year by 18 percent to about 107,000 Veterans within                                                                     Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. for local
           one year.                                                  With the final rule, a Veteran will only have to show        Veterans.
                                                                      service in Southwest Asia or Afghanistan and that he
           VA’s strategy to eliminate homelessness among Vet-         or she had one of the nine diseases within a certain         “Expanding this cemetery ensures Illinois Veterans
           erans is to implement a “no wrong door” approach,          time after service and has a current disability as a         will continue to receive the benefits they earned,”
           meaning Veterans who seek assistance should find it        result of that disease, subject to certain time limits for   said Secretary Shinseki. “With this expansion we are
           in any number of VA’s programs, from community             seven of the diseases. Most of these diseases would          honoring our commitment to maintain this national
           partners or through contract services.                     be diagnosed within one year of return from service,         shrine as a lasting tribute to the men and women who
                                                                      through some conditions may manifest at a later time.        served our nation.”
           Under the Secretary’s action plan to end homeless-
           ness among Veterans, VA will continue to offer a full       For non-presumptive conditions, a Veteran is re-            VA awarded the contract to Kepa Services, Inc., a
           range of support necessary to end the cycle of home-       quired to provide medical evidence to establish an ac-       service-disabled Veteran-owned small business from
           lessness by providing education, jobs, health care and     tual connection between military service in Southwest        Milwaukee, Wis., in the amount of $22,978,000. The
           counseling, in addition to housing. VA will increase       Asia or Afghanistan and a specific disease.                  project is scheduled for completion in summer 2012.
           the number and variety of housing options available                                                                     The expansion will develop 20 acres and support
           to homeless Veterans and those at risk, including per-     The decision to add these presumptives was made              10 years of projected burials. The project includes
           manent, transitional, contracted, community-operated       after reviewing the 2006 report of the National Acad-        approximately 12,122 pre-placed crypts, 325 con-
           and VA-operated housing. Most importantly, VA will         emy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (NASIOM),              ventional gravesites, 2,577 cremains burial sites and
           target at-risk Veteran populations with aggressive         titled, “Gulf War and Health Volume 5: Infectious            6,584 columbarium niches for cremains.
           support intervention to try to prevent homelessness        Diseases.”
           before it starts.                                                                                                       Other improvements to the cemetery will include the
                                                                      The 2006 report differed from the four prior reports         main entrance gate, new roadways, parking, signage,
           For more information, visit VA’s Web page for VA’s         by looking at the long-term health effects of certain        an assembly area, committal shelters and accessibility
           National Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem             diseases determined to be pertinent to Gulf War Veter-       and handicap access. The project also will include
           Office at www.va.gov/homeless. Additionally, VA has        ans. Secretary Shinseki decided to include Afghani-          walkways, site furnishings, grading, drainage, fenc-
           a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, 1-877-       stan Veterans in these presumptions because NAS              ing, landscaping, a utility distribution system and
           4AID VET (1-877-424-3838), www1.va.gov/HOME-               found that the nine diseases are also prevalent in that      environmental preservation and mitigation.
           LESS/NationalCallCenter.asp. •                             country.
                                                                                                                                   The public information center and other buildings
                                                                      The 1998 Persian Gulf War Veterans Act requires the
           VA Publishes Final Regulation on “Pre-                                                                                  will receive upgrades to incorporate improvements
                                                                      Secretary to review NAS reports that study scientific        in energy conservation and environmental design.
            sumptive” Illnesses for Gulf War and                      information and possible associations between ill-           The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
                Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans                            nesses and exposure to toxic agents by Veterans who          (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by
                                                                      served in the Persian Gulf War.                              the U.S. Green Building Council, provides a suite of
           WASHINGTON - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric                                                                         standards for environmentally sustainable construc-
           K. Shinseki today announced the publication of a           While the decision to add the nine new presumptives          tion, which this cemetery will meet.
           final regulation in the Federal Register that makes it     predates VA’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force
           easier for Veterans to obtain Department of Veterans       (GWVI-TF), the overarching responsibility of the             Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions
           Affairs (VA) health care and disability compensation       GWVI-TF is to regain Gulf War Veterans’ confidence           other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible
           for certain diseases associated with service in South-     in VA’s health care, benefits, and services and recon-       dependent children can be buried in a VA national
           west Asia (including                                       firm VA is 100 percent committed to Veterans of all          cemetery. Also eligible are military personnel who
           Iraq) or Afghanistan.                                      eras.                                                        die on active duty, their spouses and eligible depen-
                                                                                                                                   dents. Other burial benefits available for all eligible
           “This is part of historic changes in how VA considers      For information about health problems associated             Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a
           Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses,” said Secretary Shinse-      with military service in Southwest Asia and Afghani-         national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a
           ki. “By setting up scientifically based presumptions of    stan, and related VA programs, go to www.publi-              burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a
           service connection, we give these deserving Veterans       chealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/ and http://www.            government headstone or marker, or service medal-
           a simple way to obtain the medical and compensation        publichealth.va.gov/exposures/oefoif/index.asp. •            lion for a private marker. Families of eligible dece-
           benefits they earned in service to our country.”                                                                        dents may also order a memorial headstone or marker
                                                                                                                                   when remains are not available for interment.
           The final regulation establishes new presumptions                   For Daily Updates,
           of service connection for nine specific infectious                        visit:                                        In the midst of the largest expansion since the Civil
           diseases associated with military service in Southwest                                                                  War, VA operates 131 national cemeteries in 39 states
           Asia beginning on or after the start of the first Gulf                                                                  and Puerto Rico and 33 soldiers’ lots and monument
                                                                                       www.va.gov
           War on Aug. 2, 1990, through the conflict in Iraq and                                                                   sites. More than 3.5 million Americans, including
           on or after Sept. 19, 2001, in Afghanistan.                                                                             Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s
                                                                                                or                                 national cemeteries on more than 19,000 acres of
           The final regulation reflects a determination of a posi-                                                                land. •
           tive association between service in Southwest Asia or
                                                                                   www.veterans.
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                         CVA Dinner                                         Catholic Charities continued
                                                                              The program has been successful! There were a total of 130 tenants who re-
                                                                              ceived case management services in FY2010, and, of those, 92% maintained
                                                                              stable housing. Of those exiting the program, 57% had positive exits, obtaining
                                                                              more permanent housing.

                                                                              The Illinois AMVETS Career Center was an important part of the Illinois
                                                                              AMVETS commitment to the campus. It is vitally important to the AMVETS
                                                                              to not only provide immediate assistance for those veterans in need, but to also
                                                                              provide them with the skills and resources necessary to become self-sufficient.
                                                                              A computer lab and career center at the Auburn-Greshem VA clinic provides
                                                                              tools for veterans to gain job skills and seek employment. Employment can
                                                                              indeed be one of the most powerful rehabilitative tools, providing income,
                                                                              purpose and dignity.

                                                                              The Veterans Employment Project is a pilot project funded by the Department
                                                                              of Labor that provides in-depth career counseling, as well as sessions to focus
                                                                              on job skills and interviewing. After completing the workshop, participants then
                                                                              have access to employment services in the clinic.

                                                                              Of those 110 that were successfully enrolled this year, 83 were initially placed
                                                                              in jobs. Six months later, 68 of the 83 had retained their jobs. Thirty percent of
                                                                              the tenants were involved with the veterans’ employment program, resulting is
                                                                              88% of the total population maintaining their income and 9% experiencing and
                                                                              increased in their income/benefits.

                                                                              In addition, an AMVETS Veterans Service Office has been placed at the Au-
                                                                              burn-Greshem clinic since its completion. AMVETS VSO Mary White, who
                                                                              works on the St. Leo’s campus, has processed hundreds of claims providing
                                                                              veterans and their families with the benefits they deserve and need.

                                                                              Homelessness continues to take its toll on veterans both young and old, but the
                                                                              St. Leo Campus for Veterans is helping relieve the burden from some of our na-
                                                                              tion’s heroes in need. For more information about AMVETS role in this project,
                                                                              please visit www.ilamvets.org. •




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                  Several AMVETS attended the annual CVA dinner.

         Top: Commander Bill Buckner and Ladies Auxiliary President
          Ruthann Sanders; Center: PNC and CVA Delegate Lincoln
          Tamraz and wife Grace; Bottom: Senior Vice Commander
           and Alternate CVA Delegate Raleigh Showens and wife
                                   Linda
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                         Ladies Auxiliary
                               From President Sanders
           Dear Ladies Auxiliary members:                                                  or doing the deliveries. The      packing boxes to send to those overseas. Share
                                                                                           food pantries always need         their addresses with me so I can pass them on to
           Thanksgiving is over, and I                                                     contributions, especially in      the auxiliaries who have requested them or make
           imagine most of us ended the                                                    November and December.            a contribution to the contents. Last but not least,
           day feeling as stuffed as the                                                   Add some things for the           remember to send those cards and letters. No mat-
           traditional turkey that graced                                                  needy to your basket every        ter what you do, you can be sure your efforts are
           many tables. December is here                                                   time you shop. Every little bit   greatly appreciated by one and all.
           and the holidays of the month                                                   adds up and is a great help.
           are knocking at the door. The                                                   Go through your closets and       Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy
           shopping that comes with them                                                   donate those many coats you       Holidays for whichever holiday you celebrate.
           surely is in full swing besides                                                 may no longer need or want.       May the spirit of the season be with all no mat-
           the decorating, the baking and                                                  Mittens, hats and scarves         ter which religion you practice as you continue to
           annual correspondence too. And                                                  will be in big demand as the      “Make a Difference When You Answer the Call of
           let’s not forget those holiday                                                  weather gets colder and the       Those In Need”. I thank you for all you do. Have a
           parties; what fun they are. How                                                 real winter sets in. Also, the    blessed holiday.
           will we have time to get it all                                                 colder the weather, the more
           done and still have time for our                                                the homeless shelters are in                                         Yours in Service,

                                                                                                                                              Ruthann Sanders
           volunteer work too? But isn’t                                                  use. They are always in need
           it strange how we manage to get it all in. Your         of toiletries, blankets and other items.
           special efforts during this season are appreciated
           tremendously by all – especially those hospitalized     The Marine Corp Reserves has started its annual                                                     2010-2011
           veterans, those in nursing homes, and the homeless.     Toys for Tots drive and contributions (financial,                                               Department of
                                                                   as well as toys) are desperately needed. Look for                                            Illinois President
           I realize all of you are very generous throughout the   their collection boxes or check on line for a drop                                                708-946-610
           year and even more so during this season of giv-        off site. Nursing homes and veterans’ homes have                                            RSRN4@aol.com
           ing; however, I want to remind you of some of the       residents without family or friends; gifts there are
           many ways we can participate. If your auxiliary is      always welcome. Taking time to visit is another
           not preparing and distributing baskets for the needy,   way to show them you care. Send a little Christmas
           perhaps there is an organization in your area that is   cheer to our troops. Being away from home may
           doing so. Lend your help, whether it be volunteer-      be a first for them as well as their families. As I
           ing to help put things together, making purchases       mentioned last month several of our auxiliaries are



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                                                                                                                  Illinois AMVETS
                                                                                                                 Ladies Auxiliary!




                                                                                                                         Visit our websites at:
        Beecher Post 67 & Ladies Auxiliary held a pizza and bingo
        party for veterans at Manteno Veterans Home earlier this year.                                                    www.ilamvets.org
        Shown left to right are: Rich Whitmon, Charlene Whitmon,                                                         www.amvetsaux.org
        Commander Roy Segert, Lonnie Segert, Department President
        Ruthann Sanders, President Pat Burdick, Hank Martin, Helen
        Teske, Rodney Burdick and PDC Lawrence Sanders.
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                                        Marion Progress: November 2010




         Work continues inside the new AMVETS-donated center for veterans at the Marion VA Hospital. The new facility will house mental health,
                    physical rehab and prosthetics components, as well as an aqua therapy pool and employment resource center.




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