Date: Thu. June 13, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
Program: Job Searchers
About this event:
One of the most important aspects in the transition from military-to-civilian life is finding employment. This seminar will provide information, guidance and resources to assist veterans in finding employment including many ways to work from home. Various emplyment specialists, human resources professionals and work from home experts will be available to answer your questions.
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!!!
CHICAGO – July 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that will help more Illinois Veterans find employment following their service to our country, an important measure he proposed during his State of the State address in February.
The Hiring Veterans Tax Credit will provide a significant additional tax credit for every unemployed Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan a company hires, which will help businesses create jobs and give those jobs to the Veterans who have sacrificed so much in serving our state and our country. Unemployment for young returning Veterans in America was 30% in 2011.
“Veterans are committed, disciplined and experienced, and they know how to accomplish a mission,” Governor Quinn said. “We need these heroes in our workplaces, and increasing the Hiring Veterans Tax Credit will create more jobs for veterans and grow the economy in Illinois.”
Senate Bill 3241, sponsored by State Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and State Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville), raises the Illinois Hiring Veterans tax credit from 10% to 20% of annual wages and more than quadruples the annual cap from $1,200 to $5,000. Many of these post-9/11 Veterans struggle with higher rates of unemployment compared with their civilian counterparts.
In addition, the new law also honors Gold Star families of fallen heroes across Illinois by making them eligible for the same property tax-relief available in some communities to the families of fallen firefighters and police officers. The law allows counties or municipalities the option of reducing or eliminating property taxes for a surviving spouse of a fallen Illinois soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan in the way some choose to honor the families of fallen firefighters and police officers.
“We have a tremendous responsibility to honor the service and sacrifices Veterans and their families have made since 9/11,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “These measures will go a long way towards helping Veterans and the families of fallen service members begin the process of rebuilding their lives.”
President Obama recently announced that more than one million service members will leave the military between now and 2016, with many thousands returning home to Illinois. Many of these young post-9/11 Veterans will be returning to sectors of the economy that were hardest hit by the Great Recession including construction, manufacturing, and transportation industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Veterans ages 18-24 nationwide have an unemployment rate roughly twice as high as their civilian peers.
Governor Quinn launched “Operation Home Front” while he was Illinois State Treasurer to give National Guard members and reservists a tool to inform them about their rights during the Gulf War. Most recently, the Governor has expanded Operation Home Front to be a place where active servicemembers and Veterans can learn about the resources available to them and their families, and a place for the public to learn about different ways they can support our troops.
First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama recently joined Governor Quinn as he signed a new law designed to help military spouses more easily find employment when they move to Illinois for military service by granting expedited professional licenses. Illinois is the 23rd state to adopt such legislation.
For more information about benefits for our Veterans, visit Veterans.Illinois.gov or call the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 217-782-6641 or 312-814-2460.