3rd District, Department of Illinois, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

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2020-2021 All-American Program Update
2020-2021 All-American Program Update

2020-2021 All-American Program Update

Watch this important video from VFW National Commander Hal Roesch, as he explains some important changes that have recently been made to the 2020-2021 All-Am...




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Photos from Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois's post

Here is the link to the google meet for the District Convention.  Please pass this along.  (No title)Sunday, May 16 · 12...

Here is the link to the google meet for the District Convention. Please pass this along.

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Sunday, May 16 · 12:30 – 14:00
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/qsq-kvtp-aad
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 609-795-1438‬ PIN: ‪648 302 242‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/qsq-kvtp-aad?pin=2853877782566

Convention starts at 1300. Delegate names must be to the Adjutant prior to 1300.



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Congratulations to Post 8821. They are at 100% Membership. Well done!

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois


Congratulations to our finalists in the Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy Competition:


Tyra H. Chung, Solomon school, Post 198

Tyler M. Crouch, Oak Lawn Middle School, Post 5220

Constantine Lemperis, Solomon School, Post 8322


Richard A. Mercado, , St. Ignatius, Post 8821

Imani P. Muse, Kenwood Academy, Post 2024

Corrin Smith, Lemont High School, Post 5220

The winner will be announced at our awards ceremony on 3 Jan 2020. We will live stream this event. Please stay tuned for details.

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois


Remember that tax time is coming. Be sure to submit all the required IRS paperwork and withholdings. COVID or no COVID, the IRS is watching.

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois


Still could use a Patriots Pen Judge for the District Competition. Judging is 5 Dec at 1000 hours at Post 8821. Contact Mike DeRoss.


Happy Veteran's Day 2020 - NOV 11, 2020
Happy Veteran's Day 2020 - NOV 11, 2020

Happy Veteran's Day 2020 - NOV 11, 2020

Happy Veteran's Day! This video is brought to you by a few veterans, staff, and volunteers of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Please enjoy,...

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

To all my comrades - past, present, and others serving in other capacities to help veterans, also to all my family who has ever worn or is currently wearing a uniform, on this day, I want to thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for the heroes and to help the veterans cause. To all Americans - I challenge you to be appreciate Veterans everyday, instead of a few holidays a year. I love you all, may God Bless you, the forward deployed, and May God Bless the United States of America!

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

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VFW Action Corps Weekly
VFW Action Corps Weekly

VFW Action Corps Weekly

Stay up-to-date with the VFW's legislative efforts through the VFW Action Corps Weekly.

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

2020-21 All-State Requirements

November Membership Challenge:

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Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Happy Birthday to America's Navy and all her veterans, currently serving, and those protecting the seas throughout the world! #semperfortis

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

Jonathan Cooper: Assistant State Adjutant, VFW Department of Illinois

October is AGENT AWARENESS MONTH! #VietnamVeterans #welcomehome


3rd District Flash
General Order #4
October 2020

Commander Comments

Comrades, Sisters and Brothers;

Remember that the District meeting is scheduled for 15 Nov 2020, at Post 9773, Hometown Murray Post, at 1330 hours. ALL.Posts need to be represented. We will have both in person and electronic attendance available. I will send out the notice of the Google Meeting link about a week before the meeting.

Even with the virus being among us and with mock superheroes trying to fight it; we have a responsibility to run our programs. The Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen are two of our greatest programs. We need to get out of the mindset of working through schools and begin working through other means. Contact prior contestants, put notices in the local church bulletins, contact your own kids and grandkids, nieces and nephews etc. We will figure out the location and format of the District awards ceremony as the time draws nearer and governmental restrictions are known.

I sent each Post a list of prior unpaid members in their area. I would hope that you attempt to contact these former members and invite them back into the VFW. This is a good Post project; have a cell phone party at the Post and see who is interested.

The State Commander, Laurie Emmer, has announced that we will have a state-wide food drive to help needy Veterans. I sent her letter to each Post. In short each Post has been designated as a drop off point for non-perishable food. Work through your neighborhood organizations. Possibly set up a collection day and publicize it in the local neighborhood paper. Your Post can decide what needy Veteran gets the goods. We do have a number of local charaties in the area who are doing food drives for Veterans. If you would rather donate to them (either food, money or both) please do so. Keep a record of all the food or money you donate.

We have fallen out of contact with many members. Post Commanders and Officers, please set up an activity where you call your Post members and check on them. This virus has hit many households in many different ways. Our members many need assistance or they man just need someone to talk to so that the isolation does not get to them. Reach out! Call me to let me know what you are doing. I will be glad to man the phones for welfare checks.

Post should be meeting, either in person or via electronic meeting or through a combination of the two. I sent a copy of the Commander in Chief’s Executive Order 1 to Post Officers via email. The Chief has authorized all levels to conduct business via electronic meetings. If you need help setting up the electronics please contact our Sr. Vice Commander Jonathan Cooper or me.

Stay well,

Michael A. DeRoss
3rd District Commander

Senior Sez

Greetings Comrades,

Here we are in the month of October. The Season is changing and we are moving forward in this unprecedented time. We still have lots of work to do. As we just passed another milestone in the VFW as we just celebrated 121 Years of Veterans Service, we are needed now more than ever. Whether its checking on our Comrades to ensure they are doing well or need some sort of support or if its delivering a coat to homeless veteran in need, do it with safety and precautions that have been put in place by the proper authorities.

With that being said, we still have a duty to file reports, 990's and other required documents to the proper entities. Ensure that you meet the required deadlines.

Membership overall is not bad at all. We still must strive to recruit new members or bring ones that have fallen off or we haven't seen or heard from in a while. As I mentioned previously, a phone call or a visit can do just that. Maybe some of the Comrades are experiencing hardships or other medical issues that are unknown to us because we have not taken the time to check in on them.

If anyone needs help with reports or other things, don't hesitate to reach out to the Third District officers so that we can address the issues in an expeditious manner. My preferred method of communication is via email. I'm looking forward to once again serving the Third District. I hope everyone is staying safe.

In True Comradeship,

Jonathan L. Cooper
SR Vice Commander [email protected]

President’s Pen

Sisters and Brothers,

The VFW and Auxiliary conducted their joint meeting at Rhine Post on September 20th It is nice since because it provides an opportunity for both Auxiliary and VFW member to mingle before and after our meeting. Social Distancing and wearing of masks were top priority at and will continue to be at all Auxiliary events. At the conclusion of both meeting there was a joint POW-Mia Ceremony was conducted. Thank-you Commander Mike for coordinating this.

At our meeting we welcomed Department Guard Diane Ahrens who made her Official visit to the 3rd District. Diane is also Deputy VAVS Representative at Ed. Hines V.A. Hospital. Diane has dual membership since she served as a Marine. Diane brought along her husband who attended the VFW meeting. Also in attendance was Annette Woolridge who is the Department’s Shopper Corner & Department President Shirt chairperson. Both were happy to be back in Chicago. We had our own Marvie Wisniewski who is the Department Junior Vice President, National Ambassador for Community Outreach, Diane Pencak, VAVS Representative at Jessie Brown V.A Hospital, Joanne York. If I overlooked someone, I apologize,
Program Reporting - District and Auxiliary Chairs, do not forget to submit your Program report online so you can be accounted for. You deserved to be recognized for all the hard work you are doing. If you are experiencing issues submitting, you online reports reach out Dan Hansen. Dan doesn’t know when someone experiences a problem, we would appreciate you letting him know. Always keep a paper copy for you records as proof.

Auxiliary inspections will begin throughout the month of October. Auxiliary President have received the dates when their inspection will take place. Secretary and Treasurer please make sure your books are in order according to National guideline. Have copy of you Bond as well as your 990 available. I look forward to visiting your Auxiliary and membership.

Council of Administration - the next Council of Administration meeting will take place on Saturday, October 24th in Lincoln, Il. Members wishing to view the processing please contact me for Zoom information.

I want to thank everyone for all the hard work you are doing. During these unusual times we are conducting business in unique ways. Remember that with Zoom meeting you can do audio in you do not have a computer, you still are counted as being present. At all District meeting I will have someone monitoring the live feed so if you want to make or second a motion that person will convey it to all present.

"Making Life Bearable for Our Veterans"

Michael Maruszak
District President

Auxiliary Chaplain

My name is Maureen Luemen. I am the Chaplain of the 3rd District Auxiliary. I joined the Auxiliary in 1993 under my husband, Richard Luemen, Past 3rd District Commander and Past Commander of post 5220. I am currently president of Auxiliary 5220, Johnson/Phelps VFW, Oak Lawn. I also am 3rd District Buddy Poppy/National Home Chairperson. This year, there was no Illinois Day at the National Home, and therefore no Silver March. The National Home is still in need of funds. If your auxiliary wishes to make a donation, you may send to National Home directly marked their General Fund. Buddy Poppy Program is still important to our organization. Although, because of the COVID we were not able to hold our normal drives, we still should promote their use and make everyone aware of their importance to our work.

We will try again to have a Poppy Display judging in May. Anyone may enter a display. Maybe reach out to Scout Troops or school groups to do a joint project. As long as they are sponsored by a VFW or Aux they may submit a display. Distribute Poppies at Veterans Day observances or any get together or fundraisers or parties. Make sure you report everything you do.

Maureen Luemen
Auxiliary Hospital Program

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is the second leading cause of death in women. The good news is, if detected early Breast Cancer has a 99% survival rate.

"The VA leads our Nation in providing Mammograms to their Veterans who need them." (VHA Patient Safety and Quality Report). The VA encourages all women between the ages of 50 and 75, to get Mammograms every two years. If their Healthcare Provider recommends the test outside that age group, the VA will still administer it. About 1 in 8 U.S. women are reported to develop Breast Cancer during their lives. This makes it a serious concern for our Women Veterans. Women Veterans can call The Women Veterans Call Center-1-855-VA-WOMEN- (1-855-829-6636) for info on their VA Benefits.

Gayle Bukowski
Hospital Program Chair
Buddy Poppy

Don't miss out on the opportunity for your Post to raise money, and help our Vets in need by assembling Poppies. You have to order a 'minimum of 10,000' that must be completed within 30days. Materials are shipped to the Post. Once completed, you send the Poppies to National. (Shipping instructions provided, and postage paid by National.) For more information contact Erin Morrissey, Executive Assistant to the Adjutant Quartermaster, (217) 529-6688 Ext/ 201 -e-mail- [email protected]

Richard Bukowski
Buddy Poppy Chair


The Historian/Media Relations Program provides a means of preserving our heritage and letting others know who we are and what we do through the use of social media, newspaper, flyers, newsletters, etc. These days, almost everyone carries a cell phone that has a camera, so don’t let those special moments go unrecorded!
The Historian Program is part of the x-sheet, and every Auxiliary needs to file an online report (or mail if necessary).

REMEMBER: Every time President Michael comes to your Post for an event, your Auxiliary Meeting or for inspection, take pictures and forward them to me.

Barbara Vegas
3rd District Aux. Historian
email:[email protected]


All Auxiliaries are to have their 1st place winners with all the properly executed paperwork present at the 3rd District meeting on Sunday November 15. District meeting location pending.

Barbara Vegas
Aux Scholarship Chairman
email: [email protected]

Auxiliary Community Outreach Program:

Happy Fall to All:
All Auxiliary Community Outreach Chairman should have received a package containing important information including deadlines, guidelines, etc and a very important reminder to make sure to bring a Motion on the floor for an Auxiliary to participate in this program before any volunteering can begin. That action must be recorded in your Minutes. If you have not done so, please do so at your next meeting. It’s time to start making every effort to seek out community volunteering opportunities i.e. Food drives, delivering food boxes, leaf raking for seniors, school fundraisers, etc. Lend your helping hands to those less fortunate who are not supported by a wonderful organization such as ours. Bear down Mighty Third! There is work to do!
Thank you for all you do!

Lisa Rivera

Auxiliary Legislative Chair

I have been a member of the Rhine Auxiliary for about 10 years and presently serve as the hospital chair, third year trustee and senior vice president.
This is my first year being involved with the 3rd District in an official capacity. I look forward to working with everyone as we continue to provide veterans and their families the resources and support they deserve.

Jan Swinarski

Mentoring for Leadership

Think back when you joined the VFW or Auxiliary. You most likely felt like a stranger in a familiar environment. Or like in the movies where everyone is looks at you with strange eyes in a blurred setting. There are probably many more experiences. Welcoming a new member should be a positive feeling; one that the member can take back to others who are eligible to join our Organizations.

Remember the old adage ‘First Impression make a lasting impression’ or “A smile goes a long way in making someone feel welcome’, Mentoring is a responsibility we all have. A mentor is someone that will take the time to show a new member even a season member something they do not know. When you think of Mentoring it does not have to be in you own Auxiliary or Post, District or Department. There are no boundaries to Mentoring. Be prepared to be a Mentor. Take an interest in the person or group you are Mentoring. Listen when someone is speaking and let them finish. All to often when someone hesitates, we begin to talk. The person may be trying to get their thought together or formulate the correct working. A Mentor is your go to for answers; they are supposed to provide information and not wait to be asked. If you know something that will help, share it. In order for our organization to flourish and stay vibrant and energetic become a Mentor.

Michael Maruszak
Program Chairperson


With the different world we are living in it is more difficult to get our Programs into our schools as well as those who are home schooled. Reach out to your family, relatives, neighbors, anyone you know that has school age children.
The Coloring Contest is for preschool students age 3, 4, and 5 as well as those in Kindergarten. All entries should also include on the backside the students name, age and grade.
We have the Poster Contest for those students in grades 1-3. This year, theme is: Symbols of American Pride. The poster should be white poster board no larger than 14” x 22. Poster can be done in crayon, coloring pencil, marker or any other coloring agent such as Tempera paint. Do not forget to include on the backside the students name, age and grade.
For the Primary grads 4th and 5th there is the Essay Contest. The theme is: Honoring America’s Heroes The essay should be typed or legibly written in black ink, not marker. The essay will require a separate cover sheet listing the student’s name, age, and grade.
Entries that do not follow the above criteria may be subject to elimination.
The deadlines is March 30th for District judging, check with your Auxiliary Program Administrator for their established deadline. All entries are to be in the possession of the Department Chairman by April 15, 2021. No entries will be accepted after this date!
The VFW annual recognizes the nation’s top elementary, middle and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics and promote America’s history and traditions. Teachers who are prime candidates for this award promote civic responsibility, Flag etiquette and patriotism. How the contest works is: VFW Posts and Auxiliaries will recognize one outstanding teacher in grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The winning names must be submitted to their Districts for judging. The District winners are forwarded to Department for judging and then on to the VFW National Headquarters for the winner to be selected.
For additional information on these programs please utilize the wonderful resources found the VFW Auxiliary National website

Michael Maruszak
Program Chairperson

Cootie Report

Listen Up Cooties,

We are holding our own with this COVID 19 Virus Pandemic. Our Hospital and Nursing Home visits have come to a halt. Hopefully soon we will be able to resume our hospital work. Please keep a watch out for our elderly Veterans. Do a wellness check on a veteran you haven’t heard from in a while. Interested in joining our meeting? We meet at the Johnson / Phelps VFW Post in Oak lawn the second Sunday each month @ 9:30.

Dave Smith,
Head Bug

Homeless Veterans

Fall has arrived & it's starting to get cooler outside. As you go through your closet for warmer clothing and find something that doesn't fit,put it aside and pass it on to a veteran who can use it. Maybe a member of your post could use it. Bring it to a V.A. hospital or Vet Center. Give it to a Veteran on the street. I know there are a lot of bull sh-----s out there, but you can find someone. Just use your instincts & be careful of social distancing.

The Chicago Winter Stand-down will not be held at an Armory this winter due to the Chinese Wuhan virus. We are in the process of getting a whole bunch of sea bags together filled with the winter gear we give out normally. Plus, we will be giving the Veterans bags of food. We don't have an exact date set, but we are going for the beginning or middle of November to pass the gear out. We will be going out on the streets to do this. We are working with the VA hospitals, vet centers & social workers. It still takes a $50 donation to get reported on the x-sheet. I will have more info down the road.

Paul J.Bezazian,
Homeless Veterans Chair

p.s., if your post was at the last district meeting, i also gave a safety report that you can use for the x-sheet, so report it !!!!!

From Department

Please face Springfield and SALUTE (this time use more than one finger)

2019-2020 Series
General Orders No. 3
September 2020
Click on the link and read them.

September 2020


That is a link to the Program Bulletin. Good reading, bunch of information. Click it.

A project for your Post Well Worth Doing


Josephine Bogdanich will be celebrating her 104th birthday on October 15th. She is a WWII Army veteran and was a grateful participant on Honor Flight Chicago last year. Josephine was interviewed and her story along with pictures can be found by searching her name and Honor Flight Chicago.

Josephine resides at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. She participates in many activities but Bingo is at the top of her list.
If you wish to send her birthday greetings, her address is:
Josephine Bogdanich
2 E Room 216
Illinois Veterans Home
One Veterans Drive
Manteno, IL 60950


5104 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL


(773) 403-3789


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 15, 2021 Jesse Brown Offers COVID-19 Vaccine to More Veterans CHICAGO, IL — Jesse Brown VA Medical Center will offer more opportunities for Veterans to get a COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 17 and 18. Veterans can walk in to get the vaccine or call to make an appointment those days. The Jesse Brown vaccine clinic will continue to operate through Friday, Jan. 22 by appointments. Vaccines will be available from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Veterans can call 312-569-5801 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting on Saturday to schedule an appointment. Veterans can also go to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center to get the vaccine as a walk-in patient between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Veterans who are 65 years old and older and who are in high-risk categories, as defined by the CDC, can get the vaccine The vaccines will be available at the medical center’s main campus at 820 S. Damon Avenue and at the Adam Benjamin Jr. Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point, Indiana at 9301 Madison Street. Jesse Brown will offer COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans who want it as doses are available. About the Jesse Brown VA: Jesse Brown VAMC which is located near downtown Chicago, consists of a 220-bed acute care facility and operates four community-based outpatient clinics in Auburn Gresham, Lakeside, Chicago Heights, and Crown Point, IN. Jesse Brown VAMC provides care to enrolled veterans who reside in the City of Chicago, Cook County and six counties in northwestern Indiana.
LAST DAY 10 slots left For post and district Service officers National training with department break outs after Saturday 23 January @ 1200 via ZOOM You must register!!!!! E-mail or Message me and I shall send registration site. Our Department is well represented thank you.
Comrades, There are just two more days to sign up for the “National Service Officer Training” that shall take place 23 January at 1200 hours. It's vital to have post service officers trained to fulfill the mission of the VFW. I do know that our 4th district is well represented and would hope all the other districts follow suit in the department of Illinois. Again this is limited to “service officers”. Many are not on social media so please make an effort to reach them by deadline. You can contact me though our district website and I'll e-mail you the signup site.
Comrades, There are just two more days to sign up for the “National Service Officer Training” that shall take place 23 January at 1200 hours. It's vital to have post service officers trained to fulfill the mission of the VFW. I do know that our 4th district is well represented and would hope all the other districts follow suit in the department of Illinois. Again this is limited to “service officers”. Many are not on social media so please make an effort to reach them by deadline. You can contact me though our district website and I'll e-mail you the signup site.
From Steve Fixler DuPage Co. VSO please help if you can and contact SO DeGroot 4th district for his contact information The Chicago Veteran’s Home, which is an Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs Home, is planning on opening this Feb. It will hold 200 Veterans. It’s located at 4250 North Oak Park Ave., at the corner of Forrest Preserve Drive and Oak Park Ave. It’s just east of the Harlem-Irving Plaza on the NW side of Chicago. This not a Chicago or Cook County Veteran’s Home. It’s a state Veteran’s home. They only expect maybe 5 or 10 Veterans for opening day. They’re not going to get 200 that day. Then days later, they will continue to get more Veterans. Some Veterans will be brand new to the Veteran’s home system and some will transfer from the other Homes. Right now, I plan on being there for Opening Day (No date has been set yet). I will have a welcome poster and a welcome gift for each Veteran. So far, I have 100 tote bags and a ton of toiletries, so I don’t need any toiletries. Different types of toiletries will be put in each tote. What I’m looking for are: Tote Bags – 100 Pens Paper Stationary – Holiday and non-holiday cards, so the Veteran can write to their grandson or granddaughter. Stamps Playing Cards These items can come from a Veteran’s organization, civilian company or an individual. I’ve got a Brownie Troop and a couple of schools to write up welcome cards, but if you know of any Brownie Troop or school that would like to do that, contact me. I’m not looking to completely fill each bag. Just a few items in each bag as a welcome gift. I know this is short notice, but I need them at the very latest, during the last week of Jan. I don’t know if they’ll let more than one person besides me there for Opening Day. I may end up standing in the parking lot welcoming everyone. Let me know what items you might be able to get, and we’ll work out how I will get the items. Most likely, I’ll come to you to pick them up. Pass this on to anyone who might be interested in helping out. Contact me if you have any questions. Steve
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cook County Recorder of Deeds October 14, 2020 [email protected] (312) 603-5050 Recorder of Deeds Public Notice October 14, 2020 Edward M. Moody, Cook County Recorder of Deeds is now offering Veterans and active duty service members’ the ability to register online for the Cook County Military and Discount Card at the Recorder of Deeds website https://www.cookrecorder.com/militarydiscount/ The online registration allows active-duty personnel, veterans, guard members and reservists to register from the comfort of their home. This new service helps protect the veterans and service members and eliminates any issues or concerns they may have relating to COVID-19. It provides veterans and active duty military with a free money-saving discount card and access to a diverse network of over 200 businesses that are committed to providing discounts. To obtain a Military and Veteran’s Discount Card, the eligible recipient must first register online at https://www.cookrecorder.com/militarydiscount/. Once the registration has been completed and submitted online, the recipient is required to submit by mail, to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office, 118 N. Clark Street, Room 120, Chicago, IL 60602: One color, head shot photo and one copy of the following proof of service (DD-214, VA ID, CAC Card or Retired Military ID) card. And, if submitting a DD-214, one copy of the following government issued ID (Valid Driver’s License, State ID, Passport, CAC card or VA ID). When all required documents have been received, the Recorder of Deeds Office will process the information and send by mail, the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card, entitling the veteran to discounts with 200 merchants in Cook County. “Through the commitment and support of businesses’, the Recorder of Deeds Office is proud to continue serving our veterans and service members in these challenging times,” said Edward M. Moody, Cook County Recorder of Deeds. The Military and Veteran’s Discount Program (MVDP) jointly administered with the Cook County Office of Veterans Affairs is a vehicle to build a network of businesses across Cook County, who offer military and veteran discounts beyond the normal military holidays. This public-private partnership is a small way to honor those who have served by helping them keep more of their hard-earned money. The discounts range from a percentage of the service-member’s total bill to free admission to a theater, museum or sporting event and the list of participating businesses can be accessed at https://www.cookrecorder.com/militarydiscount/ For more information or to sign-up a business for the veterans’ discount program, please go to https://www.cookrecorder.com/militarydiscount/ or call the Veterans Service Office at 312-603-5788.
Comrades, Once again because of the Corona19 situation we have had to move the date of the workshop. The new date is 24 October. We are being optimistic that normality shall come back into our lives and feel strongly that this workshop is vital for our veterans community/family. The registrations have been robust so please register early. Questions please feel free to contact us.
Comrades. Our date of 1 August still stands for our veterans workshop. If the state mandate does not change though it will have to be moved (probably to October). I still encourage you all to sign up and to pass this on to other districts and post. It shall fill up especially with the program we have.
Cancelled due to COVID -19. This event will return in 2021 https://www.facebook.com/1451941701762886/posts/2162356414054741/
My nonprofit organization. Chess Vets invites you to join our team for online chess play. If you are stuck at home, there are literally millions and millions of chess games played at every level, every day, on the internet. YOU DO NOT need to be a vet to join our main team, just a desire to play chess with us. If you don't play chess yet or just want to improve your game, you can learn from this chess site and/or attending one of our webinars routinely held for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) from Washington for FREE. By the way, joining the website and/or our team is totally FREE. You have nothing to lose and we dot try to sell ANYTHING. I am just retired from the military and my wife wants me to have a hobby. We hold FREE Arena tournaments weekly at Tuesday & Wednesday @ 6pm (cst) Regular G/30. We have eliminated Blitz, due to the lack of participation. We will however organize any online tournament, just PM me. We also would like to form any "breakout" teams, (ex. Navy, Army, Airborne, Vietnam, VFW, VFW Post, NJROTC, etc). Each team just needs a team captain eventually. Chess playing ability is not a factor. This will allow us to form team battles (Ex, Army vs Navy, VFW vs AL, Airborne vs Infantry, etc. You can join any team you are qualified for. If you want me to create a team, just PM me. Main team: https://lichess.org/team/chess-vets Breakout teams currently organized: lichess.org/team/us-navy-chess-vets lichess.org/team/us-army-chess-vets lichess.org/team/us-air-force-chess-vets lichess.org/team/us-marines-chess-vets lichess.org/team/wheeling-njrotc