Veterans Resource Fair Marquette Park December 7 2013

Free Veterans Resource Fair series: Marquette Park Auditorium, 6700 S. Kedzie Ave., 312.745.1958

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
10 a.m.-1 p.m

The Veterans Resource Fair series aim to connect military veterans and their families to benefits in areas such as disabilities, education, employment, family and children services, housing, legal and mental health services. Veterans should bring a copy of their DD214 to the resource fairs. Event also repeats in February and April 2014.

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Marquette Park Auditorium, 6700 S. Kedzie Ave., 312.745.1958
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., 312.745.1958
  • Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Armour Square Park, 3309 S. Shields Ave., 312.745.1958

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Winter Standdown December 13, 2013


for homeless Veterans

December 13, 2013


Northwest Armory

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  • Winter Clothing
  • Lunch
  • Social Security Applications
  • VA Hospital Referrals
  • VA Regional Office
  • IL Department of Employment Security
  • Flu Shots
  • Haircuts
    and More……….

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5th Annual Veterans Job and Benefits Fair

5th Annual Veterans Job and Benefits Fair


Tuesday, November 19, 2013
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Northwest Middle School Gynasium
5252 W. Palmer St., Chicago, IL 60639

Contact Information

Commissioner Edwin Reyes Office
3061 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL  60618
Office: (773) 588.1129
Fax: (773) 588.1267 or


Hosted by: Cook County Commissioner Edwin Reyes, District 8
Supported by: The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) – Bureau of Personnel

Although this is a Veterans fair, it is also open to the general public. This resource fair will offer a variety of services from local to federal governments. Service providers and employers will be available to answer questions in the process of programs particular to their industry.

  • This event is free and open to the public
  • No registration is needed
  • Free parking is available at event location
  • For event details, click on: Event Flyer

The Illinois department of Central Management Services (CMS) supports this event. A representative from personnel will be available to distribute information on the process for doing business with the State.

Please visit the Coaltion of Veterans Organizations (CVO) table

VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP)

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides comprehensive dental care to Veterans who meet eligibility standards; however, the benefit is not available to many Veterans. VA would like all Veterans and beneficiaries to have access to good oral health. Good oral health is more than just a nice smile or ability to chew favorite foods – it impacts a person’s overall health throughout his or her life.
VA’s Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) offers enrolled Veterans and beneficiaries of VA’s Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA) the opportunity to purchase dental insurance at a reduced cost. VA is offering this service through Delta Dental and MetLife.

VADIP is a three-year, national pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of providing a premium-based dental insurance plan to eligible individuals. The program is mandated by Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.

Eligibility for VADIP

Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program and CHAMPVA program beneficiaries are eligible to participate in VADIP.

Participation in VADIP will not affect Veterans’ eligibility for VA dental services and treatment.
Dependents of Veterans, except those eligible under CHAMPVA, are not eligible for VADIP; however, separate coverage options may be offered dependents by the insurance carrier.

Dental Plan Information

VA has contracted with Delta Dental and MetLife, private insurers, to administer the dental insurance program.
Beginning November 15, 2013, individuals interested in participating in VADIP may complete an application online, over the phone or by mail. A direct link to each provider’s VADIP webpage will be available from
Coverage under VADIP begins January 1, 2014 and will be provided throughout the United States and its territories. The initial participation period will be at least 12 calendar months. Afterward, VADIP beneficiaries can renew their participation for another 12-month period or be covered month-to-month, as long as the participant remains eligible for coverage and VA continues VADIP.
Multiple plan options will allow participants to select a plan that provides benefits and
premiums that meet their dental needs and budget. The offered plans vary and may include diagnostic, preventative, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment.
Each participant will pay a fixed monthly premium for coverage, in addition to any copayments required by his or her plan.
For more information on VADIP, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visit, and click the insurer’s link for specific information regarding registration, rates and services.

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ComEd CHAMP program

ComEd Offers Financial Assistance to Veterans and Active Military Personnel

CHICAGO (Nov. 11, 2013) – In light of Veterans Day, ComEd wants to remind customers that there is bill payment help for veterans and deployed active military personnel who are having difficulty paying their electric bills.

ComEd’s CHAMP (ComEd Helps Activated/Veteran Military Personnel) program provides bill- payment assistance to deployed members of the military and veterans who reside within ComEd’s northern Illinois service territory and demonstrate a need. CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including bill payment assistance of up to $1,000 while funds are available, deferred payment plans, extended payment due dates, cancellation of late charges, deposit reduction/or refund and budget payment plans.

Additionally, ComEd announces it is expanding CHAMP eligibility requirements to include all veterans. Launched in 2002, CHAMP was previously offered to disabled veterans and deployed active military personnel.

“In a challenging economic climate, we realize some customers fall on hard times and need assistance with paying their monthly electric bill,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customers Operations, ComEd. “As part of our customer commitment, we are pleased to renew and broaden our commitment to financial assistance programs to help customers in need, especially veterans.”

According to ComEd the utility is providing $50 million in financial assistance over a five-year period, starting in 2012, to assist eligible low-income residents including seniors, veterans, and activated members of the armed services who are ComEd customers. These dollars are a direct result of the Smart Grid law enacted in 2011. Additionally, in 2012 ComEd helped more than 32,000 customers who might have otherwise faced disconnection due to financial hardship.

State Senator Michael Hastings (D-Matteson) said, “As a veteran, I am proud of ComEd’s efforts to assist customers struggling to pay their electric bill. They have helped thousands of customers in need keep the lights on and have dedicated millions of dollars to this effort.”

U.S. Army Veteran and Illinois State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) added, “There are many veterans who are struggling financially that could benefit from this program. That’s why it is important to ensure customers who are in need of assistance are aware of the funds ComEd offers, especially during these tough times.”

To enroll in CHAMP, customers should call 1-888-806-CARE (2273), or download an application at Documentation required to qualify can be found on the CHAMP application.

For a complete list of ComEd’s financial assistance programs, or to enroll in ComEd’s bill-payment assistance programs, call 1-888-806-CARE (2273) or visit ComEd.Com/CARE.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.


CVO Members to Sell in Orland Park Carson’s‏

This is a CVO & NWVU Fundraiser!

We have deposited money for at least 100 books. I reported accounting for 125 sold and that entitles CVO & NWVU to sell more books in the Orland Park Carsons on Sunday November 10 from 6 to 8 PM.

Please come out to Carson’s on Sunday and support the CVO & NWVU fundraiser!

Connie Edwards
CVO Recording Secretary & NWVU