Chicago Wolves Salute To Military Families Night March 30, 2019

The Chicago Wolves are proud to host the fifth annual Salute to Military Families Night, presented by your Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Kia dealers, on Saturday, March 30, when the team hosts the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena. The Wolves will honor current and former servicemen and servicewomen and their families throughout the night in appreciation of their dedication to our country.

In addition, the Wolves are hosting a pregame Military Resource Fair event to showcase organizations and companies that provide support to veterans and their families. Veterans have the opportunity to receive information and ask direct questions about services and programs designed for them and their families — whether they are getting ready to be deployed or transitioning back to civilian life for the first time.

“Members of our military do their jobs with little or no fanfare and they perform tasks many of us can only imagine,” said Chicago Wolves president Mike Gordon. “We are thankful for the chance to offer them a way to connect with resources they may need and to share it with their families.”

Many of our partners have purchased tickets with plans to donate them as a way to express their thanks to our veterans and their families for their service. Please CLICK HERE to claim these tickets and register for the resource fair.

For Active, Reserve and Veteran Military Families Only – May be required to show military identification at Will Call.

To learn more about Salute to Military Families Night and the Military Resource Fair, to purchase tickets for yourself or to sponsor a veteran and his family, please email Tim Weaver at TWeaver@chicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

Remember CVO on Giving Tuesday

givingtuedayPlease remember to give a little to CVO to help us carry out our mission of advocating and educating. We advocate for veterans and their families; we educate veterans, their families and the public about issues of importance to veterans.

Our work on the Crisis Hot Line, for Dental Care for all veterans, and against the privatization of our Veterans Administration health care have put us in the forefront of the veterans movement in Chicago.

Please help us out and give generously by donating by clicking on the donate button below!
Thank you.



Veterans Day Deals 2018

Please Note, that not every offer is for Nov. 11.

See more Discounts and Free Meals here

2018 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Updated for 2018: Veterans Day Deals including free food, meals and other freebies. Military discounts and savings for active duty, retirees, and veterans.

 

veterans day freebiesVeterans Day: Discounts and Freebies

Businesses are saluting Veterans Day this year with a host of discounts and freebies for veterans, service members and their families.

 

veterans day free car washTurtle Wax Car Wash Location Services

In addition, 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 car washes are definitely second to none.

Vets complain of poor VA dental care, non-profit group steps in to help

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By: Natalie Bomke

They fought for our country and now they are fighting for care. FOX 32 has learned of serious neglect in the national policy for our veterans’ dental care.

In some cases, the Department of Veterans Affairs is allowed to pull out all of a veteran’s teeth, but not replace them, leaving the veteran toothless.

Charles Medalis served his country in Vietnam, but 50 years later, he’s taking on a new battle. Medalis suffered an extensive infection in his mouth back in 2015.

Doctors from the Department of Veterans Affairs performed surgery and had to pull out all off his teeth.

“So they called me in there, and they ripped 23 teeth out at once,” Medalis said.

The surgery fixed the infection, but Medalis was left toothless. He then asked for dentures, but was told he didn’t qualify for dental care from the VA.

“It changes your whole life, you can’t eat right, you can’t look right, and people don’t understand what you say as much,” Medalis said.

He was left looking for answers, and then the group “Smiles for Veterans” stepped in.

“If it had not been for our program, Smiles for Veterans, providing Charles with that full set of dentures, he would have been toothless for 3 years,” said Patricia DeVore.

DeVore is the founder of Smiles for Veterans — a program developed by VFW Auxiliary Post 74-52 in Montgomery, Illinois.

In three years, the non-profit has funded dental care for nearly 100 veterans who don’t qualify for it through the VA.

“Most are Vietnam-era veterans, they were subjected to Agent Orange, which everybody knows that poison stays in their systems forever, and one of the places that it does first show its ugly head is on the mouth, their teeth,” DeVore said.

In the fine print, seven categories of veterans are eligible for VA dental care including former POW’s, homeless veterans and veterans deemed 100 percent disabled by the VA.

Medalis fell into the latter category earlier this year, and received dental implants from the VA.

“They should replace your teeth, they should make you whole again, under any conditions,” he said.

“There’s a cost to it, but there’s also a cost to not doing it, that leads to much more expensive health problems among our veterans, so healthy veterans ultimately save dollars in the long run for the VA,” said Congressman Randy Hultgren.

“Vets gave this country a shot at losing their life, and anybody who does that should be re-considered and given benefits,” Medalis said.

The Department of Veterans Affairs told FOX 32 that, “when veterans do not meet VA dental eligibility criteria, we try to work with agency partners to help ensure they receive the dental care they need.”

However, the veterans we spoke with indicated it was up to them to fund the cost of dentures or partials.

Seven Illinois congressmen and women are co-sponsors of legislation that would provide dental care to all veterans.

Smiles for Veterans is asking you to contact your member of congress and urge them to become a co-sponsor.

Original source: www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/vets-complain-of-poor-va-dental-care-non-profit-group-steps-in-to-help

In memory of David J. Rogers, Jr.

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David J. Rogers, Jr.
1948 – 2018

DR_w_memorialCVO Founder and Director David Rogers passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018. He was also the Executive Director of VetNet, a member of Strike Force, Chair of the Lockhart Institute Veterans Program, and a member and participant in many other organizations and committees, including the Mayors Committee on Aging. He was an immense presence in the Veterans Movement and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Please join The Multi-Faith Veterans Initiative, Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute & Family in celebrating the Life Of David J. Rogers Jr.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute 4941 W. Chicago Ave. 10am-12pm

Marine vets WANT YOU to help Korean War vets

The Chicago MARINES are working with a consortium of partnered veteran organizations and in collaboration with various local community groups in Illinois to desperately locate KWV of the 1950-1953 campaign for this event.  We hope this Flyer helps remind us to our aging group of America’s Forgotten veterans that only ended the Conflict in the Korean Peninsula with the Armistice signing on July 27, 1953.

In addition Marine veterans in Illinois, is bringing needed awareness for sponsors to the new US Congressional House Bill HR-5222, awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to all combat Korean War veterans, to include each of the sixteen UN-Allied member nations that sent combat troops in support to the ROK region.

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