White Sox National Day of Remembrance ticket offer

National Day of Remembrance
Ticket Offer

White Sox   vs.  Royals

Sunday, September 11, 2016  –  1:10 P.M.   U.S. Cellular Field


The White Sox have dedicated this game to all those that serve and protect our Country. On this special day, the White Sox would like to offer specially priced tickets to all past and present members of the military, law enforcement, and fire protection, their families, supporters and friends.

Please note that orders will NOT be redeemed at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket windows or the White Sox administrative offices.

Section Offer Per Ticket
Lower Box $15 Off $25
Outfield Reserved $10 Off $10
Bleachers $10 Off $10
Upper Box $5 Off $5

Local Veterans Angry Over Secretary Bob McDonald’s ‘Disney’ Remarks

CHICAGO (CBS) – Local veterans expressed anger on Tuesday after the head of Veteran’s Affairs compared long wait times at VA hospitals to lines for amusement rides and Disney.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, the fallout started after Bob McDonald said this o reporters on Monday:

“When you go to Disney, do they measure the hours you wait in line?” Bob McDonald told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington on Monday. “What’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience?”

That didn’t sit well with some of the 700,000 or so Illinois veterans.

“It’s disappointing; it’s wrong. It should have never been said,” said James Balcer, a Marine veteran and former alderman. “It’s as simple as that.”

Balcer was one of more than a dozen vets who gathered days before Memorial Day to discuss their needs.

“You sometimes have to wait a month or two months in order to get seen,” said Frank B Thomson III. “The waiting is entirely too long.”

The two candidates for the U.S. Senate in Illinois were both unhappy.

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, said: “The secretary should be embarrassed for making such a comparison.”

Democrat U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth: “The statement is unbelievably tone deaf and hurtful to American heroes.”

Army veteran Rochelle Crump said, “Our veterans would rather be at Disney World but unfortunately they can’t go because they’re sick and they are ill.”

Today, McDonald told NBC News, “If I said the wrong thing, I’m glad I have the opportunity to correct it.”

Source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/05/24/local-veterans-angry-over-secretary-bob-mcdonalds-disney-remarks/

Veterans of any age may be eligible for VA benefits‏

ImageProxy.mvc“You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
— Sim, U.S. Air Force Veteran, on taking advantage of his VA benefits

Did You Know …
• Sim is among about 9.7 million Veterans—more than 44 percent of all Veterans—who are 65 or older.
• Veterans of any age may qualify for VA benefits, including health care, home loans, and pension.
• Spouses and family members caring for older Veterans, as well as older survivors of deceased
Veterans, may also be entitled to VA support.

VA Serves Older Veterans

In gratitude for your honorable service to our nation, VA provides benefits to help you take care of your family; buy, retain, or modify a home; earn a degree; start a career; stay healthy; and do so much more in life after the military. Here are a few ways VA serves older Veterans:
• We’re equipped to care for you. Through, geriatrics, extended care, home health aide and care services, telehealth, and other programs, VA addresses Veterans’ complex health and personal care needs in home and community-based settings, and at VA medical centers.
• We can bring care to you. VA has many options for older Veterans to receive care at home, avoiding regular trips to the doctor or longer stays at medical facilities. With home-based primary care, for instance, eligible Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare services can receive certain health services at home.
• We provide you with tools to cope with vision loss. With therapy and cutting-edge assistive technology, Veterans who are legally blind or who have low or damaged vision can stay active. VA’s blind and vision rehabilitation programs, available through outpatient clinics, intensive training, and home care, make it easier to live with poor eyesight.
• We increase your options. If you’re eligible for or receiving a VA pension, larger monthly payments may be available under the VA pension aid and attendance and housebound programs; for instance, if you need help performing daily functions or you cannot leave your house due to a disability.
• We protect your VA benefits. If it’s hard to manage your VA benefits due to injury, age, or disease, the VA fiduciary program can find and appoint someone to help handle your affairs.
• We support those who care for Veterans. VA offers resources to help caregivers stay strong and organized on behalf of Veterans, including a free six-week online workshop for family members called “Building Better Caregivers.” Call 1-855-260-3274 for information on other VA caregiver benefits. VA also offers several forms of respite care services for caregivers who need a break.

Find Out How You Can Benefit
Explore VA Benefits at Explore.VA.gov

Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts 2014

2014 Veterans Day discounts, free meals, deals and sales. As Veterans Day approaches we will continually update this list as restaurant’s and companies announce their Veteran’s Day specials. Typically most announce a week or days before. Veteran’s Day is officially Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  Link below.


Military Meals and Deals

Turtle Wax (Chicago area) has been giving free car washes (and a lapel pin) to vets on Veterans Day, so they will probably to so again this year. Their owner is a Korean War vet. Their car washes are definitely second to none.  For locations Visit:


More Deals can be found on the CVO Military Discounts Page


Winter Standdown December 13, 2013


for homeless Veterans

December 13, 2013


Northwest Armory

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  • Winter Clothing
  • Lunch
  • Social Security Applications
  • VA Hospital Referrals
  • VA Regional Office
  • IL Department of Employment Security
  • Flu Shots
  • Haircuts
    and More……….

Download Flyer

5th Annual Veterans Job and Benefits Fair

5th Annual Veterans Job and Benefits Fair


Tuesday, November 19, 2013
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Northwest Middle School Gynasium
5252 W. Palmer St., Chicago, IL 60639

Contact Information

Commissioner Edwin Reyes Office
3061 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL  60618
Office: (773) 588.1129
Fax: (773) 588.1267
lourdes.garcia@cookcountyil.gov or greateravondale@gmail.com


Hosted by: Cook County Commissioner Edwin Reyes, District 8
Supported by: The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) – Bureau of Personnel

Although this is a Veterans fair, it is also open to the general public. This resource fair will offer a variety of services from local to federal governments. Service providers and employers will be available to answer questions in the process of programs particular to their industry.

  • This event is free and open to the public
  • No registration is needed
  • Free parking is available at event location
  • For event details, click on: Event Flyer

The Illinois department of Central Management Services (CMS) supports this event. A representative from personnel will be available to distribute information on the process for doing business with the State.

Please visit the Coaltion of Veterans Organizations (CVO) table


THE NOSTALGICS Dinner Show and Overnight Package, Saturday, November 9, 2013.   Hilton Chicago\Indian Lakes Resort cordially invites you to a night of magic with The Nostalgics, featuring Mike Slatton & Thad Holloway, including a special appearance of the Fabulous Drifters. $199 per couple for dinner and overnight accommodations, $159 per couple dinner only.

Call 630.671.5001 for reservations. 

Email info@coalitionofvets.org in time that you have registered, and get a free breakfast.


Download Flyer Below ↓


Government Shutdown: What’s Open and What’s Not for Veterans

Please download the guide, that explains which government services for veterans will be available and which ones will not during the government shut down. Many VA Hospital services will be available; many Regional Office services will not. Please take a look at the guide for specific information.

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Stand Down For Women Veterans October 26 2013

National Women Veterans United

Montford Point Marine Association

Contact: (312) 458-9130 – To donate, volunteer,
participate as a resource vendor or register as a veteran.
Pre- Veteran’s Day Stand Down
Women Veterans

Saturday, October 26, 2013
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Event Location:
7011 S. Vincennes Ave
Chicago, IL

Resources, Raffles, Clothes, Food etc.

New and clean gently used clothes, shoes, belts, purses, jewelry, monetary gifts, raffle gifts, non-perishable food

Sponsors for Breakfast and Lunch!

Donation Drop off Dates:
Every Friday & Saturday
Beginning: Friday, September 6, 2013
Ending: Saturday, October 11, 2013
Friday’s 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

Drop off location:
Montford Point Marine Association
7011 S. Vincennes Ave Chicago, IL

Contact: (312) 458-9130 – To donate, volunteer,
participate as a resource vendor or register as a veteran.

Download Flyers Below



Community and Resource Event September 28 2013

Montford Point Marine Association

Ladies Auxiliary Chicago Chapter 2

Invites You To Join Us

Community and Resource Event

For Veterans, Military Service Members,
Community, Seniors and Children

Federal, State, County and City Services,
VA Benefits Info, Food, Fun, Raffles & More….

St. Bernard Pediatrics Mobile Health Units – Parents Must Be Present,
Bring shot records and must sign consent form.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Montford Point Marine Association

For More Information Contact

Dale Cain, Chair

Effie Wilson, Co-Chair

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MPMA Event September 28 2013