Refilling VA Prescriptions on

Awareness: Email Notifications & Refilling VA Prescriptions on for My HealtheVet Coordinators

On Saturday, June 17th, My HealtheVet email notification content for prescriptions will now include a link to Now that this link will be embedded in the email message, more My HealtheVet users may attempt to use to refill their VA prescriptions.

Below includes information/resources for My HealtheVet Coordinators:

Who can get access to prescriptions on

Any Advanced or Premium My HealtheVet user who has accepted the My HealtheVet Terms and Conditions will have access to refill their VA prescriptions on

Before being able to refill their VA prescriptions on the user must create an account and log in.

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Free wedding gowns for military brides Event in July, 2017

BAA DANTELA FLYERBrides Across America Salutes America And Celebrates Our Heroes in July!  All month long we are giving away free wedding gowns.   Kickoff July 5th for the Annual “Operation Gown Giveaway” Events

Host Salon: Dantela Bridal Couture Date of Event: July 12 4370 Touhy Ave  Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (847) 983-8616

For Immediate Release:   Nationwide (June 13, 2017) – Brides Across America is proud of our men and women in uniform.  During the month of July, we are honoring our heroes for their bravery and sacrifice for all of us.

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Help Get Dental Care For Illinois Vets

Not all vets get their health care through the VA, but even for those who do, only some get dental care. We now have a chance to try to get dental care for Illinois Vets, provided that we all put forth the effort to make it happen.

State Sen. Omar Aquino has introduced SB 622 (, and State  Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez introduced a corresponding bill, HB 1803 (, that would, among other things, give us dental care.

Hopefully, these will be enacted, but it’s also highly possible that they will die in committee without ever reaching the floor for a vote. A key to moving the bills forward is for many other State Reps. and Senators to sign on as cosponsors. So far, the Senators who have signed are: Iris Martinez, Julie Morrison, and William McCann. The Reps. who have signed are: Kathleen Willis, Silvana Tabares, Sara Feigenholtz, and Will Guzzardi.

Ask members of your organization to contact their State Senators and Reps. to ask them to support this legislation by signing on as cosponsors.

If you don’t know who they are, go to: http://il–

If you don’t like that website, and you vote in Chicago, go to Click on the tab for VOTING, and from the dropdown menu, click on VOTER INFORMATION. Enter your information and click SEARCH. Then click on your name, and on the next page, click the tab for PUBLIC OFFICIALS, and you will not only get your State Rep. and Sen., but also every other elected official who represents (or rules over) you.

To track the progress on these bills, go to  On the upper left part of the page is a window where you can input the number of the bill, and the latest information will be displayed.


Larry E. Nazimek
CVO Vice Chmn.
Chmn. Of Veterans Affairs Cmte.

Next CVO Meeting June 21, 2017

The next meeting of CVO will be at 7 PM on this Wednesday, June 21st in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (820 S Damen).

The agenda will include a follow-up on the recent VA Town Hall meeting and the continuing struggle for VA Dental Care for all veterans.

As usual, light refreshments will be served.

Parking will be validated.

See you there!

Warrior Games Warrior Summit Military Transitional Resource Fair July 5th at Soldier Field

To register on-line as vendor or volunteer for the Warrior Games Warrior Summit transitional resource fair, please click here, paste the following link into your browser:, or complete the registration form below and return to:

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CVO: State legislation concerning dental care for vets

The Coalition of Veterans Organizations is trying to get dental care for veterans, because relatively few are able to get this care through the VA. In other words, many veterans are not eligible for VA healthcare, but among those who are, only a fraction are eligible for dental care. Far too many veterans walk around with rotted teeth and other obvious signs of a lack of dental care.

The VA has arranged for dental insurance that veterans may purchase, but it isn’t cheap. Veterans end up paying for what the VA should be providing in the first place.

Vets who are ineligible for VA healthcare and are under the age of 65 can get a good health insurance package at a good price through the State, and this includes dental care, since this type of care is an essential part of healthcare.

In other words, if an Illinois veteran can not get VA healthcare, then he can purchase a comprehensive healthcare plan that includes dental care, but for those who are covered by VA healthcare, except for dental care, they must pay for this care either through a separate dental plan or out of pocket.

An important part of dental care is the examination for oral cancer (which is what ultimately killed my father and other veterans), where early detection can mean the difference between life and death.

If you go to Dixon Mounds, you will learn that the reason these indigenous peoples had such a low life expectancy was that they died of infections due to their lack of dental care.

There is now proposed legislation in the IL General Assembly, HB1803 and SB622, that would give us dental care.

Bill Detail: HB1803

Bill Detail: SB622

Larry E. Nazimek
CVO Vice-Chair and Chair of Veterans Affairs Comm.

Taft High School of Chicago is in the planning stages for a Veterans memorial

The Taft High School Local School Council at its March 14 (2017) meeting discussed the installation of a veterans memorial on school grounds and the possibility of a new indoor pool.

“If you’re a veteran and went to Taft, you’re going to have your name on this,” Taft principal Mark Grishaber said. The memorial, which will be located on the north side of the school, will include a fountain and a “Taft eagle” overlooking the names, he said.

Taft LSC discusses memorial for veterans, new indoor pool

Taft is seeking information about all Veterans who went to Taft.

They are particularly interested in learning about former Taft students who gave their lives in service to our country.

If you are Veteran and went to Taft or know of one please forward the following information to the Taft Foundation:

  • Name, year of graduation (or if you didn’t actually graduate, dates attended and see below)
  • Branch of service, dates served, final rank
  • Name of War(s) or Conflict(s) served in.
  • Decorations (in particular the Purple Heart and/or those awarded for Valor or Heroism)
  • Date Killed in Action or Date of Death if deceased
  • Current address, phone number and E-mail address
  • Photos are optional

If you are or you know a Veteran who went to Taft, but left Taft early, without graduating, to join the U S Military, and you are a Veteran of WW2, Korea or Vietnam, the State of Illinois will grant that Veteran, his or her high school Diploma.

This State of Illinois Law actually applies to any Veteran who attended any High School in the State of Illinois and who left high school early, without graduating, to join the U S Military.

For details or questions, contact:

Taft High School Foundation
P O Box 31892
Chicago, IL 60631-0892

CVO Elects Willie Mack CVO Chair

The Coalition of Veterans Organizations elected its Executive Committee at the last meeting. The Executive Committee has elected Willie Mack the Chair of the Coalition. Dr. Mack is a Life Member of VII Corps LRRP (Abn) Association, 75th Ranger Regiment Association, Inc., Illinois AMVETS, 555th Parachute Infantry Association, and an Annual Member of the American Legion. He served with the 1/502nd (Strike Force), 101st Airborne Division, VII Corps Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Company (LRRP), and Co C (LRP) 58th Infantry (Germany). He graduated from the Seventh Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy and was promoted to Sergeant E-5.

He is a financial planner and formerly served as a school superintendent and visiting assistant professor. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the UIC, Masters of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University, Masters of Education in Reading degree from Loyola University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the University of Chicago. He writes and speaks on financial issues related to veterans, the youth, and families. He educates and advocates for veterans’ rights to speedy and quality health care and benefits.

He believes what Abraham Lincoln once spoke: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him, who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Also elected were Vice-Chair Larry Nazimek, a member of CVO, Veterans Strike Force and other veterans organization. Larry has been acting as Chair for the past year and heads up the Veterans Affairs Committee of CVO. Bruce Parry, Past Coalition Chair, was elected Treasurer. Dr. Parry is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and social activist. He has been active in the veterans movement for almost 40 years. Col. (ret) Dr. Connie Edwards was re-elected Recording Secretary. She has held that position for a number of years. Dr. Edwards is a Vietnam veteran, having served in-country as a nurse. She has a Ph.D. in Nursing and taught at Governor’s State University for 30 years. She retired from the Army as a full Colonel.

Other members of the Executive Committee include the founder, director and past-Vice-Chair of the Coalition, David J. Rogers; Christopher LaFayelle, Chair of the Veterans Housing and Employment Assistance (VHEA); Carlos Luna, Chair of the Chicago Veterans, and long-time CVO Director Darryl Howard, who is also a member of the 555 Parachute Infantry Association.

Pictures and bios of the Executive Committee – as well as full information about CVO – can be found on our website at