Veteran Peer Jessica Lopez Graduates with High Honors

on Wednesday, 02 May 2018.

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On April 27, 2018 Veteran Peer Specialist and Mission Continues Fellow Jessica Lopez was honored at an academic assembly at the College of Lake County for graduating with the highest honors.  She will formally graduate on May 12 to receive an “Associates in Arts” Degree on her path to a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters and a Doctorate.

Lopez was recognized for “Academic Excellence in Social Work” for her 4.0 GPA. While studying at CLC, Jessica served as President of the Student Veterans Club after her tenure as Secretary of the club. “The club was important for me, post-military,” said Jessica. “After serving with the Marines in Okinawa for four years, I needed some help getting grounded and making friends,” she said. She hopes to eventually serve military families In a clinical social work capacity.

Free Bikes for Jobs and Job Interviews

on Wednesday, 16 August 2017.

Lake County Bike ProjectArmy veteran Regina Crump was able to secure new bicycles for her sons, Djion Curry, 14, and Gary Poyser, 8.

When bicycles belonging to the sons of Army veteran Regina Crump were stolen a few months ago, she said she couldn't afford to buy them new ones.

But this month, her sons Djion Curry, 14, and Gary Poyser, 8, were pedaling around their Waukegan neighborhood.

 

The Veterans Employment Program of Lake County, Illinois

on Wednesday, 25 November 2015.

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The Veterans Employment Program of Lake County (VEP) was created by Catholic Charities with two goals in mind:

  1. Help our local unemployed U.S. Military Veterans (and military spouses) find employment.
  2. Help our business community find qualified people to fill their employment needs.

Free Legal Resources Available for Veterans

on Wednesday, 06 September 2017.

 

In the summer of 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a study that answered a troubling question: what was the major reason vets were losing their homes, and become homeless?

Legal aid. A lawyer. They can’t afford it.

The research covered more than 6,000 veterans either living in the streets or in a shelter, many the victims of yet another unfortunate fact: five out of 10 programs leading to homelessness cannot be solved without legal help. They cited fighting evictions, upgrading military discharge statuses as well as restoring a driver’s license as issues that most often led to losing that essential thing that every human should have, every night — a roof over your head.

Thankfully, there are resources and centers that can find veterans free legal aid. Here’s a list of them:

Wingman's Fundraiser for Fisher House Foundation

on Tuesday, 08 May 2018.

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Fundraiser for Fisher House Foundation by Keith Kennedy

I am going to attempt to travel to all 49 states in the USA beginning on May 1, 2018. I expect to conclude the ride around the middle of August, after the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD. I would like to take this opportunity to raise money for a cause that is close to my heart. The Fisher House Foundation, which strives to improve the lives of our service men and women and their families during their loved one’s hospital stays. They truly believe a family's love is good medicine.


 

New Legal Advice Line Announced by Prairie State Legal

on Thursday, 11 January 2018.

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Prairie State Legal Services is pleased to launch its telephone legal advice line for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault who live in the counties served by PSLS**

The Legal Advice Line is open:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
9am to 1pm
Wednesday Evenings
6 p.m. to 8 pm

Victims Legal Advice Line
844/388-7757 (toll free)

We provide bilingual staff or interpreters for limited English proficient callers.

VA Will Offer Mental Healthcare to Vets with "Bad Paper"

on Friday, 10 March 2017.

WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin while testifying in a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on March 7, 2017, announced his intention to expand provisions for urgent mental health care needs to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges. This move marks the first time a VA Secretary has implemented an initiative specifically focused on expanding access to assist former OTH service members who are in mental health distress and may be at risk for suicide or other adverse behaviors.

“The president and I have made it clear that suicide prevention is one of our top priorities," Shulkin said. “We know the rate of death by suicide among Veterans who do not use VA care is increasing at a greater rate than Veterans who use VA care. This is a national emergency that requires bold action. We must and we will do all that we can to help former service members who may be at risk. When we say even one Veteran suicide is one too many, we mean it.”

VA Unveils Claims Submission Option That Promises to Complete Claims within 30 Days

on Saturday, 09 September 2017.

WASHINGTON — Today, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) continued efforts to improve timeliness of services for Veterans and their families, VA unveiled the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) initiative, a disability claims submission option with accredited Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) that promises to deliver faster claims decisions to Veterans and their families.

“The DRC initiative is a collaborative effort between VA and VSOs to help Veterans receive faster decisions on disability claims,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “VA works closely with participating VSOs to make sure they are properly trained in this new process and given the tools they need to participate successfully in the program on behalf of the Veterans they serve.”