Disabled Veterans Homeowner Exemption Seminar

Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolski in partnership with the Cook County Department of Veteran Affairs and the Cook County Assessor’s Office will be hosting a seminar to assist veterans with the Disabled Veterans Exemption application process. Applications will be available from the Assessor’s Office beginning January 27th on the Cook County Assessor’s website (www.cookcountyassessor.com) or by mail.
Disabled Veterans Homeowner Exemption Seminar

The Assessor’s Office and the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs
(www.cookcountyil.gov/veterans-affairs or 312-603-6423) will hold three seminars in February:

  • February 8th – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McCook Athletic & Exposition-Pub at the MAX, 4720 S. Vernon Ave., McCook IL (East side of the building). http://www.max-mccook.com/ (708) 485-1555
  • February 16th – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Evanston Vet Center, 1901 Howard St., Evanston, IL. http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=5048 (847) 332-1019
  • February 22nd, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, IL;

Veterans MUST bring a copy of their letter from the VA (Veterans Administration) that shows the veterans disability rating to qualify for their exemption.

Commissioner Tobolski will be providing the veteran attendees with coffee and a light buffet. If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please do not hesitate to contact Heather Shore at the Commissioner’s District office at (708) 352-2301 or the CCDVA at (312) 603-6423.

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The Walter Reed Foundation Retreats

The Walter Reed Foundation is sponsoring “Bridging the Gap Retreats” to support
post 9/11 combat/deployment service members and veterans and their caregiver
or primary support person in their journey of healing. This four-day relaxation and
reconnection retreat, intended as a strong adjunct to VA/DoD services, will take
place at the Union League Club Chicago, Chicago, Il. March 17-20, 2016. The goal is
to continue the healing journey for service members/veterans and their families
with a program focused on group support, education, stress-management skills and
fun in a beautiful setting. Reconnect to self, peers, family, and community. Enjoy
relaxation, Shedd Aquarium private tour, tai chi, ear acupuncture and learn
relaxation skills. All activities are staffed by experienced DoD and VA providers,
service members/veterans/family in addition to community volunteers. Walter Reed
Foundation is funding “Bridging the Gap Retreats”, in collaboration with: Invisible
Wound, Warriors at Ease, and the Institute for the Health and Security of Military
Families at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Those who are interested in
participating are asked to submit an application – available at:

For additional information please email info@invisiblewound.org
*The Walter Reed Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and not a part
of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Health Care System.

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Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America

Worth Fighting For Chicago Public High School  Tour

featuring Rory Fanning

Sponsored by The Chicago Teachers Union


The Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace

The US Military employs more than 10,000 recruiters and spends nearly $700 million on advertising each year trying to convince young people to travel to one of its 668 bases to fight in the unending Global War on Terror.

10,000 students are currently enrolled in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) in the Chicago Public School system, which is more than any school district in the country. The JROTC program disproportionately targets children of color in CPS. Currently 50% of those enrolled in JROTC in Chicago are Black and 45% are Latino. JROTC operates in 45 Chicago-area public high schools. Rory Fanning will provide a counter argument to the military’s messaging.

Rory will visit CPS high schools throughout the 2015/2016 school year in the hopes of helping students make a more informed decision before joining the military. These speaking visits will help serve as much-needed space in which students can come together for important and timely discussions about the fourteen-year-old global war on terror, the motivations behind these wars, and what those who are fighting in them are expected to do.

At each classroom Rory visits he will discuss his experience in the military for 20-25 minutes. Then students will discuss what they have been told about the military and what they think of it. The students will write down the pros and cons of joining the military.

Rory will submit suggested reading to teachers ahead of time to include a copy of his book so the students are prepared to ask questions and get the most out of his visit. Each student will receive a free copy of Rory’s book Worth Fighting For.

Rory will target US and World History classes and make a small lesson plan for teachers that will highlight a few of the main points he’d like teachers to address from his book. Further, he will make himself available to all the history teachers in the school during the course of the day; he is prepared to speak to multiple classrooms during the day or collectively with multiple history classes in the same space. Rory will work with teachers beforehand to coordinate this. The lesson plan would be submitted to one or many teachers at each school one month before the visit. Rory will conduct one or two follow up visits with each schools to ensure kids are weighing all factors and thinking critically about the military before signing up.

Rory walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008–2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is a war resister, and writer living in Chicago, Illinois. Haymarket Books recently published his book Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America in November 2014. His writing has appeared in The GuardianThe NationMother JonesSalonTruthoutCommon DreamsTomDispatch, and others. He is a proud member of Veterans for Peace.

If you would like Rory to speak at your Chicago Public High School during the 2015/2016 school year please email him at wffcps2015@gmail.com

For more information listen to his recent interview on WBEZ’s “Worldview” here.

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Upcoming CVO Meetings 2016

CVO Meetings 2016Happy New Year!  Mark your calendars for upcoming 2016 CVO Meetings.

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturdays, 10:00am at Jesse Brown VA Hospital, 820 South Damen Avenue (2nd Floor Conference Room).

CVO Veterans Affairs Committee will meet immediately following the regular CVO meetings

Coffee and doughnuts will be served!