Invitation to All Veterans Organizations to Meet on Saturday, October 19th at Montford Point

Dear Commanders, Presidents and Comrades: Please forward this invitation to all Veterans Organizations you are in touch with. The Coalition of Veterans Organizations (CVO) is hosting a Veterans’ Organization’s Leadership meeting on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the Montford Point Marine Association, 7011 S. Vincennes in Chicago. We cordially invite you and your leadership team to join us. Read more [...]

Quinn signs veterans’ tax credit increase into law

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. Read more [...]

CVO and the VA Budget for 2013 by Bruce E. Parry, CVO Chair

The Obama Administration Budget proposed for 2013 for the VA is $140.3 billion. $76.3 billion is for mandatory benefits such as disability compensation and pensions. The remaining $64 billion is for discretionary spending, primarily for medical care.* The discretionary spending amount represents a 4.5% increase from the current year. This is more than $4 billion less than the major veterans organizations call for in The Independent Budget. Read more [...]

MAVA Event after the Memorial Day Parade on May 26th

The Muslim American Veterans Association (MAVA) will have a Jobs Fair & Awards Luncheon Ceremony at General Jones Armory, 52d and Cottage Grove,on Saturday, May 26th from 2PM to 6 PM. View Larger Map CVO will be participating after the Memorial Day Parade. Come and join us with MAVA for a fun afternoon! Read more [...]

Obama: New PTSD rules ‘long overdue step’

Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is making it easier for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder to get benefits, a development President Barack Obama calls a "long overdue step." In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said Veterans Affairs will launch new rules for easing PTSD documentation requirements starting next week. Current department rules require veterans to document events like firefights or bomb explosions that could have caused the disorder. Such documentation was often time-consuming and difficult, and sometimes was impossible. Read more [...]