Honoring Our Sheroes: Women in the Military

Honor Sheroes
In honor of Women’s History Month, the West Towns (IL) Links Chapter will showcase the “Honoring Our Sheroes: Women in the Military” pilot initiative of the Central Area of The Links, Incorporated. Join us as we recognize the noble women in the United States military. Learn more about their contributions and experiences and local efforts to assist women veterans from a live panel discussion. This event is FREE and open to the Public.

MARCH 5, 2017 2:00 PM
Veterans Room, Second Floor
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Sponsored by West Towns (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Dianne M. Engram, President Kim L. Bright, Vice President for Programs Patricia Davis and Janene Marshall-Gatling, Co-chairs National Trends and Services
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Tiny Boots Child Care Program for Veterans

Photo of key dignitaries announcing Tiny Boots program in Hines VA lobby.

Erica Jeffries, Director IDVA, Dorri McWhorter, CEO YWCA Metro Chicago, Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois Lt. Governor, Steven E. Braverman, M.D., Hines Director, Harry Sawyer, Asst. Dir., IDVA

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and VA have partnered to connect Illinois Veterans to quality child care at no cost while attending scheduled medical and counseling appointments, as well as job interviews. The program, called Tiny Boots, is funded through a grant from the IDVA Vet Cash Grant Program that is part of the Illinois Lottery. The Vet Cash ticket launched in 2006 as the first lottery game in the country to designate 100-percent of net proceeds to Veterans.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be an Illinois Veteran
  • Have a verifiable medical appointment or job interview
  • Notify the YWCA of appointments at least 1 week in advance

Veterans can contact the YWCA at 630-580-3199 or via email at wecareforourvets@ywcachicago.org and apply at www.ywcachicago.org.

Hines Town Hall Meetings Schedule

In an effort to continue to improve communication. Hines have scheduled a series of Employee and Veteran Town Halls and visits to  CBOCs.  Events for the 2nd and 3rd quarters are listed below.

Employee Town Halls
1/20 Employee TH 8-9am; Easy Street {Completed)
2/23 Employee TH4-5pm {200-1492)
3/14 Employee TH 1130-1230pm; Auditorium
4/11 Employee TH 8-9am; Easy Street
5/2 Employee TH; 1130-1230pm; Auditorium
6/21 Employee TH 4-5pm {Bldg. 200-1492)

CBOC Visits
1/4 Oak Lawn CBOC 8-9am
2/6 Joliet CBOC 3-4pm
2/7 Aurora CBOC 3-4pm
2/16 Hoffman CBOC 8-9am
3/2 LaSalle CBOC 130-230pm
3/22 Kankakee CBOC 2-3pm
4/5 Oak Lawn CBOC 8-9am
4/17 Joliet CBOC 3-4pm /
5/4 Hoffman CBOC 8-9am
5/16 Aurora CBOC 3-4pm
6/14 Kankakee CBOC 2-3pm
6/15 LaSalle CBOC 130-230pm

Veterans Town Halls
2/9 Hines Vet. TH 4-5pm; Auditorium
3/7 Aurora Vet Town. Hall 6-7pm
4/4 Hoffman Vet TH 6-7pm
5/10 Oak Lawn Vet. TH 6-7pm
6/8 Hines Vet. TH 4-5pm; Auditorium

Against Privatization of the VA? Come to the CVO Meeting this Wednesday

The next meeting of CVO will be this Wednesday, February 15th at 7 PM at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. We are going to refocus CVO on fighting efforts to privatize the VA. The current Secretary of the VA has stated that he’s for a “hybrid” VA – party private, part public (as it is). This is an effort to further privatize the VA!
We need to fight this!

We are asking all Organizational Members to send a representative to this meeting to coordinate our efforts. Of course, all Individual Members should attend as well.

There are a number of other things on the agenda as well. Dues are due! Only $10 a year for individuals; $50 for organizations. Nominations for the Board of Directors will be in March; elections in April. Join now so you can nominate and vote in the elections.

Parking will be validated.

We’re having pizza!! Come and join us!