Next CVO Meeting October 16, 2019

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The next meeting of CVO will be this coming Wednesday, October 16th at 7 PM in the 2nd floor Conference Room of the Jesse Brown VA Hospital (820 S Damen in Chicago).The agenda will include a presentation by Adam Winters, the Veterans representative from Rep. Quigley’s office (5th District). We will also discuss a major fundraising event in the spring of 2020 with Thaddies Holloway. Read more [...]

What It Means to be a Veteran

Being a U.S. military veteran also means you were willing to fight and die in service to this country. It meant being separated from friends, family and loved ones. It meant giving up control of your life to others and having to trust your well-being to them. It meant risking life and limb and potential (permanent) injury, either to complete a mission, help your buddies fighting alongside you or just in doing what you were supposed to do. It meant you took an oath to ‘Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States’... and lived up to your part of the bargain. Since there is no longer a military draft in this country, it meant you voluntarily signed up. Read more [...]

What It’s Like To Be Homeless

“Get a job, you bum”! I slowly open my eyes, hearing a voice and those unkind words in my ears. Not anything I haven’t heard before. What I see is a suit, dark and cheap. Kind of like the ones I used to wear, when I had a job and a life. A face above the suit, nothing remarkable about it, except for the spittle forming at a corner of the mouth. Striped tie hanging down, almost touching my face. I look down along my prone body and see his leg moving back, as if to send send a kick my way. Perhaps Read more [...]

Why Are There Homeless Veterans?

It is estimated that on any given night in the U.S. over 40,000 veterans are homeless and living in the street or shelters (source: Google). The actual number is going to be higher than that, probably a lot higher. Yes, you’re right, no one should be homeless, veteran or not. Realistically, homes won’t be found for all that need them. That doesn’t mean to stop trying. Read more [...]