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.
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.
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.
• 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 Coal City Post 796 – Visit American Legion Coal City Post 796 on Facebook.
• 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.
• Manhattan American Legion Post 935 – Call 815-791-4478.
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.
• Carillon VFW 12059 – 21019 Torrey Pine Court, Plainfield. Call 815-407-1900 or visit vfwpost12059.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.