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.

Walz, Jim

Jim Walz, running for 14th Congressional District

Veteran’s Promise Initiative

The scourge of veteran unemployment is too severe to ignore, and is one of our greatest shames as a nation. In 2015, there were 495,000 unemployed veterans throughout the country.

It is unacceptable that we allow veterans to live without the dignity of work they want and deserve, and betrays the sacrifices they make to defend our freedom.




“It is unacceptable that we allow veterans to live without the dignity of work they want and deserve”


This is why we must establish a program geared towards rebuilding our infrastructure that will guarantee our active duty veterans the dignity of work.

There are a few key points to remember about the Veteran’s Promise Program:

What Will It Do?

This program will guarantee any active duty veteran who has been honorably discharged from duty the right to an employment opportunity in the Veteran’s Promise program. The program will be based in a group of counties and cities where the concentration of unemployed active duty veterans is highest as a proportion of the population.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of employing all unemployed veterans would be less than $26 billion, while offering all employees in the program a living wage and public sector benefits. This amounts to less than 4.5% of the Department of Defense (DoD) annual budget in 2016, and 0.6% of the total federal budget.

“It will provide unemployed veterans with an opportunity to share their skills with the nation and rebuild our broken economy”


For comparison, annual spending in 2016 on DoD procurement alone amounted to $119 billion – over 20% of the DoD budget, or 3% of the total federal budget.

Can We Afford This?

Yes – along with procurement reform, the program’s costs will be offset by savings on healthcare, which tends to be costlier at higher rates of unemployment. Veterans have unique medical needs, and not being able to return to a well-paid and meaningful job multiplies the mental and physical health problems they face when returning to civilian life.

Who Will Implement This Program?

The program will be implemented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through an appropriation that flexibly expands their authority to hire unemployed active-duty veterans, and authorizes work on critical public safety, infrastructure, and environmental improvement projects.

This program will put an end to the deplorable economic reality that our men and women in uniform endure today. It will provide unemployed veterans with an opportunity to share their skills with the nation and rebuild our broken economy. Not only does this make financial sense, but it’s the right thing to do.


CVO is 501(c)(3) organization, so we do not endorse candidates. Our request for candidate inputs will be put on our website, so that veterans can educate themselves on the candidates.

Kirk, Mark Steven

Mark Steven Kirk, Republican for United States Senator

Mark Steven Kirk“The VA has become a corrupt, political and bureaucratic mess on many levels – the more we learn, the worse it is. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I am confronting the VA at every level. I stand with those who shine light on the corruption, like at Hines VA Hospital. Too many of our health care workers are failing our vets, and the few who stand up to protect them are ignored and punished. I have enacted new laws to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and firing.

I continue to prioritize holding the VA accountable. Earlier this year, I called on the VA to address black mold festering at a Hines VA Residential Care Facility after whistleblowers informed me that the VA had failed to address the problem in a complaint filed in August of 2015 and sent a letter to the VA demanding immediate action and answers as to how this issue has gone untreated. In April, I demanded the VA take steps to address reports of cockroaches in the Hines VA kitchen after hearing complaints from whistleblowers that contamination has been going on for years. Most recently, I introduced legislation to address whistleblower reports that indigent veterans’ remains are consistently left in the Hines VA morgue for over 30 days. On numerous occasions, bodies of indigent veterans or veterans without next of kin, are left in the morgue without proper and timely post mortem care, allowing their bodies to badly decompose. Specifically, whistleblowers report that in the month of August, 2016, there were two veterans who had been left in the morgue for upwards of 45 days. I will continue to fight on behalf of our veterans upon my re-election.”



CVO is 501(c)(3) organization, so we do not endorse candidates. Our request for candidate inputs will be put on our website, so that veterans can educate themselves on the candidates.

Mandell, Gary

Gary Mandell, Republican Candidate for State Representative, Illinois District 11

I fully support government benefits for those that have served to defend our country and our freedoms, and that our history of doing so has been shameful. I look forward to working with Veterans groups to address their needs including, but not limited to, medical (including addiction treatment), mental health, homelessness, unemployment and job training. In addition, I applaud the efforts of the many organizations that support the training and hiring of veterans.

We are working hard in the State House District 11 race to unseat my opponent who votes for unfunded spending bills that can never be implemented without tax increases. We believe that we must balance our budget by making Illinois a better place to open a business, employ workers to the state who live nearby, who live in Illinois but work in a neighboring state and pay taxes to that state, as well as reduce our staggering unemployment rate here. This will allow us grow our revenues by expanding our tax base, and not by adding to the high tax burdens that our citizens already face, and are causing many of them to leave.


Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist eligible low income households pay for winter energy services. LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location.

LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state of Illinois. The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCEO). Energy Assistance is provided by local community action agencies or not-for-profit agencies throughout the state. You may contact the agency provider in your area to apply for assistance.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Illinois and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*

Maximum Income Level (Per Year)

1 $17,505
2 $23,595
3 $29,685
4 $35,775
5 $41,865
6 $47,955
7 $54,045
8 $60,135

*For households with more than eight people, add $6,090 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Contact your local Community Action Agency to make an appointment to apply for LIHEAP.

Program Contact Information

For more information on Illinois LIHEAP, please visit the Utility Bill Assistance page.

Public inquires can also be toll-free:


Residents in central Illinois can call:


Update Welcome Home Parade for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans 2012

CVO is unit number 13 in the Welcome Home Parade for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans this Saturday, December 15th. We will form up on Balbo East between Lake Shore Drive and Columbus on the north side of the street. Be there no later than 10:45. We are an early unit in the Parade, so we will kick off on time. Bring family and friends and dress warmly. It will be fun for all!! We have vehicles for those who cannot walk. The Parade route is north from Balbo on Columbus to Monroe.

Wear your CVO shirts and headgear. We’ll have shirts for sale at the Parade as well.

See you there!!

Illinois Warrior Summit 2012

The US Department of Veterans Affairs, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Edward Hines VA Hospital, James Lovell Federal Health Care Center and Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (ISAVE) will be hosting the Illinois Warrior Summit and 5th Annual Welcome Home Celebration for 4,000 military, veterans and families on Thursday, August 9th, 2012 from 10a-3p at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum – (725 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago).

The Illinois Warrior Summit and 5th Annual Welcome Home Celebration connects military, veterans and families to services and programs with benefits, education, employment, housing, legal, disability, mental health, family and children services.

Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (ISAVE) Mission: To connect military, veterans and families with services and programs to benefits, employment, education, housing, legal, disabilities, mental health, family and children services.

About ISAVE: Many Active, Reserve and National Guard components return from service and have difficulty finding the proper direction and guidance for available programs and services. ISAVE is working to help unite the Illinois community to create an open referral network system, a standardized packet of information and a web based platform for everyone to use.

Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (ISAVE) is a registered 501 (c) 3 Not-for-Profit Organization and currently works with the Illinois community to host veteran one stop shop resource fairs called, the Illinois Warrior Summit and Welcome Home Celebration.

These one of a kind events promotes positive community relations and present military, veterans and families with many opportunities for future goals. The Illinois Warrior Summit and Welcome Home Celebration also advocates networking between different organizations which improves business to business relations; enhancing the quality of veteran support services, and in turn, helping thousands of military, veterans and families.

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Edward Hines VA Hospital, James Lovell Federal Health Care Center and Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (ISAVE) will have:

*FREE BENEFIT and RESOURCE FAIR at UIC FORUM for 4,000 Military, Veterans and Families

*FREE FOOD and REFRESHMENTS for 4000 Attendees

*FREE SPORTS TICKETS 5000 for Military Personnel or Veterans- Sox, Fire, Sky, Cubs


*FREE T-SHIRTS for first 1000 Veterans (1 per veteran)

*FREE RAFFLES and GIVEAWAYS for Military and Veterans ALL day

*FREE KID’S ENTERTAINMENT with JUMBO Moon Bounce, Reptile Show and Children’s Activities

*SPECIAL APPEARANCE of Chicago CUBS Trolley for Kids

*SPECIAL APPEARANCE by Jesse White Tumbling Team

* SPECIAL APPEARANCE by Miss Chicago 2012 and Miss Windy City 2012


*SPECIAL APPEARANCE by The Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department

*SPECIAL APPEARANCE of the World Performance Team

*OPENING CEREMONY with Color Guard Presentation from 2-24 Marines

*NATIONAL ANTHEM Performance by Miss Chicago 2012

*MILITARY TAPS Performance by Bugles Across America

*VA Providing ON SITE Physicals and Registration for Health Care

*IDES Providing ON SITE Registration for Unemployment Benefits

*NATIONAL ABLE NETWORK Providing ON SITE Registration for Employment Opportunities

*80 NON-PROFIT Veteran Support Organizations Providing FREE Services and Programs

*40 EMPLOYERS Providing Job Opportunities

*30 VA PROGRAMS & SERVICE STATIONS Providing Assistance to Veterans

*20 UNIVERSITIES and COLLEGES Providing Education Opportunities

We Look Forward to Seeing You Soon!!!