Illinois Dentists Salute Veterans Day event 2017


On Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, 2017, the dentists of the Illinois
State Dental Society want to show Illinois Veterans that they care!

Illinois Veterans are eligible to receive a complimentary dental exam at one of the
participating dental offices in their area. Treatments will be provided free of charge.
Please visit to register between October 1 and November 1.

Veterans will be required to enter their name, address, contact information, any medical concerns, and medications they are taking. The veteran will be able to choose one treatment they wish to receive free of charge: cleaning, filling, or extraction, with the dentist determining priority treatment.

The website will then match the Veteran to the closest dental providers in their area using the zip code entered by the Veteran. The Veteran will be able to choose a location and time of appointment that best suits their needs. Both the Veteran and the participating dentist will receive e-mail confirmations of the scheduled appointment.

If Veterans have any questions, they may call 708/222-7141 between 10:00 am -3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. If they are unable to call during these times, they may leave a voicemail message and someone will return their call.

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VA Selects Providers for Dental Insurance Program


September 28, 2017



WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has selected Delta Dental of California and MetLife to once again offer private dental insurance plans as part of the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

The program was extended until Dec. 31, 2021, by the VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016.

“It is important to provide this care to eligible Veterans, especially those who need lower-cost insurance,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “VADIP underscores our commitment to support America’s Veterans and their family members.”

Veterans enrolled in the VA health-care system and beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA (CHAMPVA) can enroll in the program beginning Nov. 15, 2017, for coverage to start Dec. 1, 2017.

VADIP offers eligible individuals the opportunity to purchase discounted dental insurance coverage, including diagnostic services, preventive services, endodontic and other restorative services, surgical services and emergency services.

Individuals who enroll in one of the dental insurance plans will pay the entire premium in addition to the full cost of any copayments. Enrollment is voluntary and does not affect eligibility for VA outpatient dental services and treatment.

The plans are available to eligible individuals in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Delta Dental and MetLife previously offered insurance plans as part of the three-year VADIP pilot program. Coverage under the VADIP pilot began Jan. 1, 2013, and more than 115,000 Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries enrolled in the program before it expired in January 2017. Individuals who enrolled in a plan during the pilot period must select and enroll in one of the new plans offered by Delta Dental or MetLife. While the insurance providers will remain the same, plan options, fees and other factors may have changed from those offered during the pilot.

For more information, visit or call 877-222-VETS (8387).

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The Wall that Heals: A Vietnam Memorial Replica in Des Plaines, Illinois

Veterans of Des Plaines are pleased to announce the arrival of “The Wall That Heals”, a traveling half size replica of Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. at Des Plaines Park District’s Lake Park Pavilion on Lee Street between Touhy and Howard Avenues in Des Plaines. It will be open to the public 24 hrs./day, from evening of September 27th to October 1, 2017.

Opening Ceremony – September 28th at 5:00p.m.

Participants Include:

The Emerald Society Chicago Police Department Pipes & Drums Corps.,

Color Guard – St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, Singer – Jeff Blume,

Deacon James Ernst, Guest Speaker – General James Mukoyama,

Buglers Across America and other remembrances.

Friday, September 29th at 5:00p.m.

Ceremony presenting an opportunity for organizations/groups/families/individuals to present flower or wreaths in memory of individuals or on behalf of all Vietnam Veterans. Contact Tony Arredia 847-774-4622.

Saturday, September 30th at 7:00p.m.

Candle Light Ceremony (Glow Sticks) Color Guards, Singer TBD, U.S. Army Chaplin Captain Father Matt Foley, Guest Speaker – TBD,

Huey helicopter flyover and Reading of local names from Lake Park Memorial Pavilion Wall and Closing with Taps.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2:00pm.

Closing Ceremony remembering Vietnam Veterans that died because of the War, but not in Vietnam. To remember a family member during the event Contact Mike at 224-425-8124.

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Next CVO Meeting October 18, 2017


The next meeting of CVO will be this Wednesday, October 18th at 7 PM in the Prescription Conference Room on the 2nd Floor of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at 820 S Damen Ave in Chicago. Parking will be validated.

The agenda will include a presentation, a welcome for new members and a discussion of all the events and special deals for Veterans Day, November 11th.

As usual, there will be refreshments.

See you at the meeting!

We’re cancelling the September CVO meeting

Unfortunately, we’e going to have to cancel the September CVO meeting due to a number of complicating factors.

The next CVO meeting will be on Wednesday, October 18th at 7 PM in the conference room on the 2nd floor of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. We’ll send out our usual reminders, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, autumn is starting; Enjoy!

White Sox Military Appreciation Day September 10 2017‏

Military Appreciation Day



On Sunday, September 10th, the Chicago White Sox would like to invite out all past and present members of our military to the park. Specially priced tickets are available for all military personnel, veterans, their family, and friends. Seats start as low as $10 on the lower level! (service fees apply)

Please note that orders will NOT be redeemed at the Guaranteed Rate Field ticket windows or the White Sox administrative offices.

How to Order Your Tickets

  1. Click on the Buy Now or T button for the game you’d like.
  2. Enter the code MIL in the “Promotions and Special Offers” box and hit Enter.
  3. When prompted, select “Show Offer on Map” to see available seats.
  4. Use the Interactive Seat Map to see the available highlighted sections and select one.
  5. Choose your desired seats.
  6. Complete purchase.

*Please note that some options are not available with this special offer.

Games and Pricing

Mobile users: To view pricing, turn your device horizontal.

Section Price
Lower Box $25.00
Outfield Reserved $10.00
Bleachers $10.00
Upper Box $5.00

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Grandparents Day

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Next CVO Meeting August 16, 2017

The next meeting of CVO will be this Wednesday, August 16th at 7 PM in the Prescription Conference Room on the 2nd Floor of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at 820 S Damen Ave in Chicago. Parking will be validated.

The Veterans Against Violence Committee will meet at 6 PM before the meeting. If you want to participate with this committee, be sure to show up at 6 PM in the Prescription Room.

We will also continue the discussion of feedback from all Member Organizations on what they need and expect from CVO and the direction of CVO in the future. Further, we will continue our discussion of Veterans Dental Care.

We will have a sheet where attendees will put in their names as well as those of their State Senators and Representatives. The purpose will be to have a list of who is represented by whom, but it will also show who does and does not know who their legislators are.

REMINDER: If you have not already done so, please contact your State Senator and Representative, asking them to sign on as cosponsors for Senate Bill 922 and House Bill 1803, to provide dental care for veterans. In addition, please spread the word to the members of your organizations, and please tell the members of your organizations to do the same. If these bills die in committee, for a lack of support, we will have only ourselves to blame.

As usual, there will be light refreshments.

See you at the meeting!