Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County awards luncheon, March 24, 2018 photos

Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County 44th Annual Beef and Cabbage Awards Luncheon on March 24, 2018, at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Stanley Porter, USMC awarded VACCC Jim Proffitt Volunteer Award

Willie, Stanley, and Bruce

Willie, Stanley, and Bruce

On March 24, 2018, the Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County (VACCC) awarded Stanley Porter, United States Marine WWII, the Jim Proffitt Volunteer Award at the annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Awards Luncheon at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago.

Mr. Porter is a World War II veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was one of the original African American Veterans admitted into the Marine Corps. And was trained at the segregated camp of Montford Point in 1942. For the remainder of the war, he served in combat as a 90mm anti-aircraft gunner in the Pacific, including on the Marshall Islands.  Mr. Porter has remained active both within the Montford Point Marine Association, Chicago Chapter 2, and within the Coalition of Veterans Organizations.  In 2011, Mr. Porter was active veteran advocate and exemplifies the finest attributes of the veteran’s movement through his selfless service to other veterans.

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Chicago Wolves Salute To Military Families Night April 14, 2018

The Chicago Wolves are proud to host the fifth Salute to Military Families Night on Saturday, April 14, when the team hosts the Rockford IceHogs at Allstate Arena. The Wolves will honor current and former servicemen, servicewomen and their families throughout the night in appreciation of their dedication to our country.

The Wolves have added a new aspect to the proceedings this year. The Wolves are hosting a pregame resource event to showcase organizations and companies that provide support to veterans and their families. Veterans have the opportunity to receive information and ask direct questions about services and programs designed for them and their families — whether they are getting ready to be deployed or transitioning back to civilian life for the first time.

“Members of our military do their jobs with little or no fanfare and they perform tasks many of us can only imagine,” said Chicago Wolves president Mike Gordon. “We are thankful for the chance to offer them a way to connect with resources they may need and to share it with their families.”

Partners such as Compass Heating & Air, Sport Clips and Circle K have purchased tickets and will donate them to military and governmental organizations to ensure veterans and their families can enjoy an evening out while receiving relevant information and support they might need.

If you are a veteran, register for the pregame resource fair and for tickets to the game.

To learn more about Salute to Military Families Night, or to purchase tickets for yourself or sponsor a veteran and his family, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

Forum on Gun Violence

Join Congressman Danny K. Davis on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. at a forum on Gun Violence. Many of our families, including Congressman Davis, who lost his grandson, have experienced the heartbreak of gun violence. It is serious business when people lose their lives. Please join him, let’s discuss what to do about it. Location: Westside Justice Center, 601 S. California, Chicago.

Next CVO Meeting March 21, 2018

The next meeting of CVO will be held at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in the 2nd floor Conference Room on this Wednesday, March 21st at 7 PM. The Executive Committee will meet before hand at 6 PM. All are invited. Executive Committee members are encouraged to be on time.

CORRECTION: There will not be an Executive Committee meeting on March 21, 2018 CVO meeting.

LaShun James will make a presentation on Addus Homecare for Veterans. This is an important medical issue for Veterans, so be sure to come and hear LaShun.

Also, nominations will be held for the Executive Committee. All nominations must be made at this meeting. The elections to the CVO Executive Committee will be held at the April meeting.

As usual, pizza will be served. Parking will be validated.

See you Wednesday!