Help For Our Hometown Heroes

August 18, 2011

Illinois Veterans are entitled to receive numerous benefits and are not always sure how to access them.

hometown heroes logoHelping Our Hometown Heroes provides these veterans with information on those issues from a variety of vendors, including housing, healthcare, Social Security, unemployment benefits, and specialty programs available for minority, women, disabled and homeless veterans.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair on Friday, August 19 in Woodstock.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Woodstock Opera House, where federal, state and local agencies and organizations will be on hand.

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

Among the participating organizations are the McHenry County Veterans’ Assistance Commission, McHenry County Supervisor of Assessments, Transitional Living Services of McHenry County, Lake & McHenry Veteran and Family Services, Congressman Don Manzullo’s office, State Representative Jack Franks’ office, McHenry County College, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding Program, Helmets to Hardhats, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Comptroller’s Office, Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, Illinois Department on Aging, Social Security Administration, Veterans’ Administration (Lovell), Chase Bank, and Fifth Third Bank.

There are future programs scheduled as well, including:

Star of Illinois*September 9 in Sterling

*September 16 in Chicago

*October 14 in Marion

*December 2 in North Riverside

What: Helping Hometown Heroes Benefits Fair

When: Friday, August 19; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock

Visit: or call (815) 338-9292 for more information

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