Next CVO Meeting January 17, 2018

Happy New Year!!

The first meeting of CVO in 2018 will be held on Wednesday, January 17th at 7 PM in the 2nd floor Conference Room of the Jesse Brown VA Hospital at 820 S Damen Ave in Chicago. Arrive early if you are interested in the committees and catching up on what CVO is doing; members of the Executive Committee will be there by 6 PM.

The agenda is really exciting! We’re going to start with a presentation by veteran activist Aaron Hughes on the Right to Heal Campaign. Then we are going have Bill Luna back to make another presentation on Latino veterans. We will also be giving out coupons for free haircuts at the Hair Cuttery.

In case of inclement weather, be sure to call us at 773-243-2335 to get the latest meeting information.

As usual, parking will be validated and pizza will be served!

See you on the 17th!

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Jesse Brown Veterans Health Care System Announcements & Upcoming Events

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration! See Attached
  • Veteran Seniors Housing and Resource Fair See Attached
  • Mindfulness Meditation See Attached
  • VCS Canteen – Improvements/New Hours! See Attached
  • New Flu Clinic Location: Red Clinic / Module-F (1st floor/Ogden Building)
  • Flu Clinic Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Top New Illinois Laws Affecting Veterans in 2018

Top New Illinois Laws Affecting Veterans in 2018

1. Top New Laws in 2018 affecting Illinois Veterans Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
2. Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans We owe our veterans so much for their service and sacrifice.
3. Every year, the General Assembly addresses benefit and care issues for vets. Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
4. Here are some of the top new laws for veterans taking effect in 2018. Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
5. Senate Bill 838 Requires the Dept. of Public Health to promote awareness and programs for providing cancer screening of veterans. Sen. Kimberly Lightford Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
6. Senate Bill 1693 Allows for veteran status, branch of military and the period of time served in the military on veterans’ death certificates. Sen. Tom Cullerton Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
7. House Bill 2449 Allows military members to terminate service contracts like phone or cable during deployments. Sen. Cristina Castro Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
8. House Bill 374 Allows veterans with specialty veterans plates to replace them with another type of plate without paying a fee. Sen. Dan McConchie Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
9. House Bill 2897 Allows the Helping Paws Service Dog Program to also train service dogs for veterans with PTSD or depression. Sen. Andy Manar Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
10. House Bill 2595 Adds a U.S. Coast Guard plate to the state’s military service license plates. Sen. Omar Aquino Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
11. House Bill 3017 Any state or federal entity, agency or person can notify the governor of a death by hostile fire of an Illinois service member. Sen. Dan McConchie Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
12. House Bill 3701 Gives higher education credits to veterans for their military service. Sen. James Clayborne Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
13. Senate Bill 866 Requires the VA to provide returning veterans with information on how to acquire service animals. Sen. Tom Cullerton Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
14. Top New Laws in 2018 Affecting Illinois Veterans Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus To see a list of all new Illinois laws taking effect on January 1, 2018, click here: NEW2018LAWS

Tom Cullerton announces new laws to benefit veterans in the new year

VILLA PARK- Starting the first of this year there are new laws in place to better serve Illinois veterans.

Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is proud of the work the Illinois General Assembly completed last legislative session to serve and honor the sacrifices Illinois veterans have made for our state and nation.

The laws make it easier for veterans and military personnel to get cancer screenings, terminate their phone contracts during deployment, obtain specialty veterans’ license plates and more.

“Illinois’ heroes have worked to serve and protect our democratic values and principles. It’s important that we continue to honor the sacrifices they have made for us by implementing common-sense legislation to improve our military men and women’s lives,” Cullerton said. “I urge area advocates and organizations to familiarize themselves with them to better serve and educate our heroes as they return home.”

Cullerton served in the Army from 1990 to 1993 as an infantryman. He continues to use his military experience to champion legislation to help military veterans, personnel and their families. And believes we must continue to honor the work our military personnel do throughout the year.

“We have more work to do to guarantee our veterans and military persons receive the services and protections they deserve,” Cullerton said. “I remain committed to better serving our heroes and honoring the sacrifices they have made for our great nation. I will continue to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to better serve Illinois veterans and military members.”

DuPage County residents can read the list of laws to aid Illinois veterans that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 at

Cullerton urges veterans, military personnel, service providers and organizations to reach out to his Villa Park Office at (630) 903-6662 for further information or with any questions concerning the legislation or state services.

Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit

About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

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About Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit

The veterans Aid and Attendance (A&A) pension provides benefits that reduce the cost of care for veterans and surviving spouses who require assisted living.

What is Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension?

About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

The Aid and Attendance (A&A) pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting living facility also qualifies.

Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit Rates for 2017

Applicant(s) Monthly Benefit Amount for 2017
Veteran $1,830
Veteran with Spouse $2,170
Veteran with Sick Spouse $1,438
Surviving Spouse $1,176
Two Veterans Married $2,903

Many families overlook the A&A pension as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. Keep in mind that in this situation, if the spouse’s medical expenses completely depletes their combined monthly income, the veteran can file as a veteran with a sick spouse.

About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

How to Apply for Aid & Attendance

Start Here! How To Apply.

Connect with other veterans and families who are also filing to receive their benefits. Check out the forums!

For the latest news affecting senior veterans, head on over to the blog.

Who started

Debbie Burak is the founder of She is often asked why she took on the mission to educate our veterans and their families about a little known VA pension benefit referred to as “Aid and Attendance” that can help offset the costs of care for senior veterans and their widows.

About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

She says, “The answer is a simple one – I know what it is to be that daughter out of hope, options, resources, and money to provide care for
aging parents.”

Debbie discovered the VA Pension at the passing of her father, at the same time needing to move her mother to another assisted living facility. She also realized that her folks had missed out on over $160,000 by not knowing
about the VA pension her Dad as a WWII veteran would have been entitled to.

Debbie knew that she had information that could make a difference for others who were just now setting out on this journey of caring for an aging loved one, and so, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, was founded in 2005 to bring to light the VA’s Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit.

About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

Debbie Burak is respected throughout the Eldercare industry for her tireless efforts acting as a Veteran’s Advocate, and is currently working with Congressional representatives to rewrite legislation that will help allow veterans better access to entitlements and benefits.

“My hope is that I can make a difference for someone else while paying honor to those who make the sacrifice and pay the price for our freedom.”

Today is no longer a nonprofit but has continued its mission to assist veterans and their families with the Aid and Attendance benefit application process. We know the VA’s website can be confusing and difficult to navigate so we have tried to make the information on VeteranAid as clear as possible. In addition to all the information one would need to apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit, also offers resources to help seniors and their families find the right senior living service that is right for them. Because you have to be paying for senior care in order to apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit we hope you will utilize these free services from A Place for Mom if you are looking for senior care options.

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