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Will and Grundy counties offer resources for veterans

Veterans from American Legion Post 1080 gather together Nov. 11, 2016, during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet.
Veterans from American Legion Post 1080 gather together Nov. 11, 2016, during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet.

For the last several years, I have profiled veterans in some manner on or around Veterans Day.

This year, I wanted to honor veterans by listing some of the resources available to veterans in Will and Grundy counties in the hopes of better connecting the two. Also, many of these organizations offer volunteer opportunities, for people who want to help veterans

To those who served: Thank you.

Will County

According to its website, the Veterans Assistance Commission is a separate county governmental agency that is operated by and for veterans. The commission provides needed interim and/or emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses to honorably discharged military veterans and their families.

Will County residence and the meeting of income guidelines is required. Some of the services provided may include:

• Rent, food, and basic utility voucher payments supplied

• DVA claim work

• Service-connected compensation

• Non-service-connected pension

• Widows' pension

• Aid & Attendance

• Advocacy for veterans applying at/for local agencies, state grants and federal programs

Free transportation from VAC office to Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital

For more information, visit www.willcountyillinois.com/County-Offices/Special-Services/Veterans-Assistance-Commission.

Grundy County

According to its website, the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission is an independent county commission that is operated by and for veterans.

Its purpose is to promote the welfare of honorably discharged veterans of military service, and their families. For instance, GCVAC acts as a central service office for veteran organizations and assists with VA claims.

Examples include:

• Free assistance with the following:

• Enrollment in the VA health care system

• Applying for VA compensation claims (for service-connected illness or injury)

• Applying for VA disability pensions for wartime veterans and their surviving spouses

• Non-emergency transportation to and from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers

• Financial assistance for eligible veterans and dependents for basic needs

• VA educational benefits (GI bill)

• Burial benefits to include grave markers

• Military record retrieval

• Referral to other program and services to include those offered by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and other Will and Grundy County agencies.

For more information, visit www.grundyco.org/veterans-assistance.

American Legion

• American Legion Coal City Post 796 – Visit American Legion Coal City Post 796 on Facebook.

• American Legion Post 1080 – 2625 Ingalls Ave., Joliet. Call 815-729-2254 or visit www.al1080.org.

• American Legion Post 191 – P.O. Box 577, Wilmington, IL 60481. Visit www.vfwpost5422.org.

• American Legion Post 52 – P.O. Box 7236, Romeoville, IL 60446. Call 815-886-4457 or visit americanlegion52.com.

• Bolingbrook American Legion Post 1288 – P.O. Box 1133, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. Call 630-226-8484 or visit www.legion1288.org.

• John Olsen American Legion Post 18 – 15052 Archer Ave., Lockport. Call 815-838-4515 or visit www.alegion18.org.

• Manhattan American Legion Post 935 – Call 815-791-4478.

• Marne American Legion Post 13 – 24741 W. Renwick Road, Plainfield. Call 815-436-9231 or visit www.americanlegionplainfield.com.

• Mazon American Legion Post 352 – 500 Depot St., Mazon. Call 815-448-2550 or visit Mazon American Legion Post 352 on Facebook.

• Morris American Legion Post 294 – 212 W Washington St., Morris. Call 942-0183 or visit Morris American Legion Post 294 on Facebook.

• Tom E. Hartung American Legion Post 1977 – 14414 W. Ford Drive, New Lenox. Call 815-485-4651 or visit www.americanlegionnewlenox.com.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

• Bolingbrook VFW 5917 – P.O. Box 1621, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. Call 630-226-8485 or visit Bolingbrook VFW Post #5917 on Facebook.

Cantigny VFW 367 – 826 Horseshoe Drive, Joliet. Call 815-722-5398 or visit www.vfw367.org.

• Carillon VFW 12059 – 21019 Torrey Pine Court, Plainfield. Call 815-407-1900 or visit vfwpost12059.org.

• Frankfort VFW 1493 – 22057 Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort. Call 815-469-3993 or visit Frankfort VFW Post 1493 on Facebook.

• Harry E. Anderson VFW Post – 9545 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. Call 815-485-8369 or visit vfwpost9545.org.

• Lockport VFW 5788 – 1026 E. Ninth St., Lockport. Call 815-838-1066 or visit www.lockportvfw5788.com.

• Malcolm J. Mayo VFW Post 5422 – Baltimore and Third streets, Wilmington. Call 815-476-9210 or visit www.vfwpost5422.org.

• Stone City VFW 2199 – 124 Stone City Drive, Joliet. Call 815-722-7122 or visit Stone City VFW Post 2199 or Facebook.

• VFW Post 6049 – 309 McKinley St., Morris. Call 815-942-0605 or visit VFW Post 6049 on Facebook.

• William Martin VFW 725 – 19852 S. Wolf Road, Mokena. Call 708-479-5022 or visit www.vfwpost725.org.

This is not a complete listing. For more American Legion Posts in Will County, as well as Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans organizations, visit "Local Veteran's Organizations" at www.willcountyillinois.com.

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