Jesse Brown Veterans Health Care System Announcements & Upcoming Events


  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration! See Attached
  • Veteran Seniors Housing and Resource Fair See Attached
  • Mindfulness Meditation See Attached
  • VCS Canteen – Improvements/New Hours! See Attached
  • New Flu Clinic Location: Red Clinic / Module-F (1st floor/Ogden Building)
  • Flu Clinic Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Top New Illinois Laws Affecting Veterans in 2018


Top New Illinois Laws Affecting Veterans in 2018

1. Top New Laws in 2018 affecting Illinois Veterans Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
2. Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans We owe our veterans so much for their service and sacrifice.
3. Every year, the General Assembly addresses benefit and care issues for vets. Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
4. Here are some of the top new laws for veterans taking effect in 2018. Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
5. Senate Bill 838 Requires the Dept. of Public Health to promote awareness and programs for providing cancer screening of veterans. Sen. Kimberly Lightford Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
6. Senate Bill 1693 Allows for veteran status, branch of military and the period of time served in the military on veterans’ death certificates. Sen. Tom Cullerton Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
7. House Bill 2449 Allows military members to terminate service contracts like phone or cable during deployments. Sen. Cristina Castro Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
8. House Bill 374 Allows veterans with specialty veterans plates to replace them with another type of plate without paying a fee. Sen. Dan McConchie Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
9. House Bill 2897 Allows the Helping Paws Service Dog Program to also train service dogs for veterans with PTSD or depression. Sen. Andy Manar Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
10. House Bill 2595 Adds a U.S. Coast Guard plate to the state’s military service license plates. Sen. Omar Aquino Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
11. House Bill 3017 Any state or federal entity, agency or person can notify the governor of a death by hostile fire of an Illinois service member. Sen. Dan McConchie Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
12. House Bill 3701 Gives higher education credits to veterans for their military service. Sen. James Clayborne Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
13. Senate Bill 866 Requires the VA to provide returning veterans with information on how to acquire service animals. Sen. Tom Cullerton Top New Laws for Illinois Veterans
14. Top New Laws in 2018 Affecting Illinois Veterans Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus To see a list of all new Illinois laws taking effect on January 1, 2018, click here: NEW2018LAWS

Tom Cullerton announces new laws to benefit veterans in the new year

VILLA PARK- Starting the first of this year there are new laws in place to better serve Illinois veterans.

Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is proud of the work the Illinois General Assembly completed last legislative session to serve and honor the sacrifices Illinois veterans have made for our state and nation.

The laws make it easier for veterans and military personnel to get cancer screenings, terminate their phone contracts during deployment, obtain specialty veterans’ license plates and more.

“Illinois’ heroes have worked to serve and protect our democratic values and principles. It’s important that we continue to honor the sacrifices they have made for us by implementing common-sense legislation to improve our military men and women’s lives,” Cullerton said. “I urge area advocates and organizations to familiarize themselves with them to better serve and educate our heroes as they return home.”

Cullerton served in the Army from 1990 to 1993 as an infantryman. He continues to use his military experience to champion legislation to help military veterans, personnel and their families. And believes we must continue to honor the work our military personnel do throughout the year.

“We have more work to do to guarantee our veterans and military persons receive the services and protections they deserve,” Cullerton said. “I remain committed to better serving our heroes and honoring the sacrifices they have made for our great nation. I will continue to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to better serve Illinois veterans and military members.”

DuPage County residents can read the list of laws to aid Illinois veterans that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 at

Cullerton urges veterans, military personnel, service providers and organizations to reach out to his Villa Park Office at (630) 903-6662 for further information or with any questions concerning the legislation or state services.

Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit


About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

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About Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit

The veterans Aid and Attendance (A&A) pension provides benefits that reduce the cost of care for veterans and surviving spouses who require assisted living.

What is Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension?

About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

The Aid and Attendance (A&A) pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting living facility also qualifies.

Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit Rates for 2017

Applicant(s) Monthly Benefit Amount for 2017
Veteran $1,830
Veteran with Spouse $2,170
Veteran with Sick Spouse $1,438
Surviving Spouse $1,176
Two Veterans Married $2,903

Many families overlook the A&A pension as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. Keep in mind that in this situation, if the spouse’s medical expenses completely depletes their combined monthly income, the veteran can file as a veteran with a sick spouse.

About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

How to Apply for Aid & Attendance

Start Here! How To Apply.

Connect with other veterans and families who are also filing to receive their benefits. Check out the forums!

For the latest news affecting senior veterans, head on over to the blog.

Who started

Debbie Burak is the founder of She is often asked why she took on the mission to educate our veterans and their families about a little known VA pension benefit referred to as “Aid and Attendance” that can help offset the costs of care for senior veterans and their widows.

About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

She says, “The answer is a simple one – I know what it is to be that daughter out of hope, options, resources, and money to provide care for
aging parents.”

Debbie discovered the VA Pension at the passing of her father, at the same time needing to move her mother to another assisted living facility. She also realized that her folks had missed out on over $160,000 by not knowing
about the VA pension her Dad as a WWII veteran would have been entitled to.

Debbie knew that she had information that could make a difference for others who were just now setting out on this journey of caring for an aging loved one, and so, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, was founded in 2005 to bring to light the VA’s Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit.

About Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit for Veterans |

Debbie Burak is respected throughout the Eldercare industry for her tireless efforts acting as a Veteran’s Advocate, and is currently working with Congressional representatives to rewrite legislation that will help allow veterans better access to entitlements and benefits.

“My hope is that I can make a difference for someone else while paying honor to those who make the sacrifice and pay the price for our freedom.”

Today is no longer a nonprofit but has continued its mission to assist veterans and their families with the Aid and Attendance benefit application process. We know the VA’s website can be confusing and difficult to navigate so we have tried to make the information on VeteranAid as clear as possible. In addition to all the information one would need to apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit, also offers resources to help seniors and their families find the right senior living service that is right for them. Because you have to be paying for senior care in order to apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit we hope you will utilize these free services from A Place for Mom if you are looking for senior care options.

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Season’s Greetings!! No December 2017 CVO Meeting

All the Best from all of us at CVO! We wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and a Special New Year!

We will not be meeting in December. The next meeting of CVO will be on Wednesday, January 17th at 7 PM at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. We will send out reminders in January.

In the meanwhile, be safe and enjoy he holidays!

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card


Nov. 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.

“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services.”

The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, Veterans must visit, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.
Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.

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Next CVO Meeting November 15, 2017

The next meeting of CVO will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on this Wednesday, November 15th, at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. We meet in the 2nd floor Prescription Room (far north section of the building). Parking in the garage may be validated.

The agenda will include a scheduled presentation entitled “Mexican Americans in America’s Defense”, reports from selected committees: (Executive, Homelessness, Newsletter, Veterans Affairs, Legal Support), and helpful information. Bring your ideas to strengthen CVO and all veterans. You may renew your 2018 membership online ( ) or at this meeting. CVO brochures are available and refreshments will be served! The following meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2018.

Come ready to network and fellowship with active veterans.

Willie Mack
CVO Chair

Veterans Day Deals 2017

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

This is a national listing, so many of the offers are for places that are not in your area.

For those near a Turtle Wax Car Wash, in the past, they have offered free car washes on Veterans Day, so they will probably do it again this year, but call just to verify. Their car washes are the best.

2017 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Updated for 2017: 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.

Illinois Dentists Salute Veterans Day event 2017

On Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, 2017, the dentists of the Illinois
State Dental Society want to show Illinois Veterans that they care!

Illinois Veterans are eligible to receive a complimentary dental exam at one of the
participating dental offices in their area. Treatments will be provided free of charge.
Please visit to register between October 1 and November 1.

Veterans will be required to enter their name, address, contact information, any medical concerns, and medications they are taking. The veteran will be able to choose one treatment they wish to receive free of charge: cleaning, filling, or extraction, with the dentist determining priority treatment.

The website will then match the Veteran to the closest dental providers in their area using the zip code entered by the Veteran. The Veteran will be able to choose a location and time of appointment that best suits their needs. Both the Veteran and the participating dentist will receive e-mail confirmations of the scheduled appointment.

If Veterans have any questions, they may call 708/222-7141 between 10:00 am -3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. If they are unable to call during these times, they may leave a voicemail message and someone will return their call.

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VA Selects Providers for Dental Insurance Program

September 28, 2017



WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has selected Delta Dental of California and MetLife to once again offer private dental insurance plans as part of the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

The program was extended until Dec. 31, 2021, by the VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016.

“It is important to provide this care to eligible Veterans, especially those who need lower-cost insurance,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “VADIP underscores our commitment to support America’s Veterans and their family members.”

Veterans enrolled in the VA health-care system and beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA (CHAMPVA) can enroll in the program beginning Nov. 15, 2017, for coverage to start Dec. 1, 2017.

VADIP offers eligible individuals the opportunity to purchase discounted dental insurance coverage, including diagnostic services, preventive services, endodontic and other restorative services, surgical services and emergency services.

Individuals who enroll in one of the dental insurance plans will pay the entire premium in addition to the full cost of any copayments. Enrollment is voluntary and does not affect eligibility for VA outpatient dental services and treatment.

The plans are available to eligible individuals in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Delta Dental and MetLife previously offered insurance plans as part of the three-year VADIP pilot program. Coverage under the VADIP pilot began Jan. 1, 2013, and more than 115,000 Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries enrolled in the program before it expired in January 2017. Individuals who enrolled in a plan during the pilot period must select and enroll in one of the new plans offered by Delta Dental or MetLife. While the insurance providers will remain the same, plan options, fees and other factors may have changed from those offered during the pilot.

For more information, visit or call 877-222-VETS (8387).

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