Make Your Health Records Work for You

on Thursday, 07 July 2016.

 
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Make your health records work for you.

Dear Veteran,

Connecting your docs with the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health program shares important parts of your Veteran health record between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and your community health care providers who participate in this program. This allows your health care providers to access important information about your health, so they can provide you the best possible care.

This exchange occurs over a secure and private network known as the eHealth Exchange. This program is free and voluntary for Veterans, but VA needs your consent to share your health records (VA Form 10-0485).

sign up nowIf you have not already joined, go to the eBenefits website and sign up (It's free)! 
If you have technical difficulties, please call 1-800-983-0937 for assistance.

Thank you for agreeing to share your VA health data with your providers and, as always, we thank you for your service!

Sincerely,

The VLER Health National Program Office

Vets In Need Program

on Monday, 31 October 2016.

Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation works every day to support the 57,000 Service Members in Lake County, Illinois. Our Vets are sometimes faced with critical emergency financial needs and they come to us for temporary assistance. We respond and help when we can.

We need your help to do the right thing. One $20 donation can buy a simple meal for a Vet, provide a night of shelter, transportation to an assisting agency or any number of other needs.

Veterans Day and the season of giving reminds us of how much our Service Members, both current and past, have unselfishly served the Greater Good for the benefit of all of us living and enjoying life in the United States.

Please consider a $20 donation to the LCVFSF Vets In Need Program. Every penny of whatever you donate will go directly to a Veteran so the entire amount is tax deductible. Just click on the images above or below to be taken to the secure PayPal site to make your donation.

We thank you for your continuing support!

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Harley Davidson Provides Free Instruction for Vets

on Monday, 20 March 2017.

American Heroes Learn to Ride Free

All current and former U.S. military and first responders can learn to ride for free with Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy.

To thank the millions of people who have courageously defended our country, guarded our safety, and helped protect everyone's personal freedom to ride, Harley-Davidson is offering a free Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy New Rider Course for all current and former U.S. military personnel and first responders (law enforcement, fire, and EMS). You can register now and sign up to take an eligible course January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016.

In addition to the Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy offer, there is an alternate offer available. With this alternate offer, qualified participants will be eligible to receive a Harley-Davidson Gift Card in an amount equal to the value of a course offered at an authorized Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) or other state accredited riding school, upon proof of completion of a basic motorcycle riding course and a receipt.

For a link to the company announcement, additional details, and to register for this free class Click here.

New PTSD Perspective

on Monday, 01 February 2016.

What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?

An unexpected bond between damaged birds and traumatized
veterans could reveal surprising insights into animal intelligence.

 Charles Siebert,  JAN. 28, 2016

Nearly 30 years ago, Lilly Love lost her way. She had just completed her five-year tour of duty as an Alaska-based Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, one of an elite team of specialists who are lowered into rough, frigid seas to save foundering fishermen working in dangerous conditions. The day after she left active service, the helicopter she had flown in for the previous three years crashed in severe weather into the side of a mountain, killing six of her former crewmates. Devastated by the loss and overcome with guilt, Love chose as her penance to become one of the very fishermen she spent much of her time in the Coast Guard rescuing. In less than a year on the job, she nearly drowned twice after being dragged overboard in high seas by the hooks of heavy fishing lines.

The VA Program For Veteran Caregivers You May Not Know About

on Tuesday, 22 March 2016.

VA caregiver benefits provide financial, medical, and peer help for family members that support veterans.

Roughly 5.5 million people serve as caregivers for veteran family members. The Department of Veterans Affairs has a lesser known benefit for these family members. Known as Caregiver Support Services, these benefits aim to help family members who are tasked with the primary care of a disabled veteran.

The services available include access to a caregiver support line, support coordinator, peer support for caregivers, adult day health care centers, and home care, among other things.

LCVFSF Increases Donation Options for Future Program Growth

on Tuesday, 11 October 2016.

Success is a wonderful thing. It is exhilarating and exciting, especially when it comes to helping others. But it can also be very limiting when it drains resources that need to be replenished in order to sustain growth.  

That is the state of affairs the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation finds itself in as we complete our first full year of operation. Our robust growth has paid off, but we need to raise money to continue to serve our Service Member target population fully and efficiently. So, we are happy to announce two more options for our supporters to help us with donations.

Proposed G.I. Bill Change to Help Post 9-11 Vets

on Monday, 06 February 2017.

If the first bill proposed by Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) since he took office January 3 becomes law, it will help veterans enter the workforce and assist the employers who hire them.

Schneider and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) introduced the GI Internship Program Act January 31 in the House of Representatives in Washington adding an on the job training component to the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) meets with a former member of the armed forces on Veterans Day. 

Rather than receive college tuition, some veterans using the GI bill can take advantage of this law to receive a stipend while getting on the job training in manufacturing or some other pursuit, according to Schneider. The payment enables the employer to pay less during the learning period. It is designed to last from six months to a year.

“The GI who is about to come into the workforce can earn a living wage and the employer can offset the cost of hiring and training'” said Schneider. “It’s a win win.”

(Re-Published) Great News About Illinois Veteran Property Taxes!

on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in News

Great News for disabled Veterans in Illinois!  The Governor has signed Senate Bill 107 that provides for increased real estate tax relief for disabled Veterans. Under the new bill, if you are disable 70% or higher, you will pay no property taxes any more. If you are disabled 50-60%, you will receive a $5000 reduction in assessed valuation, and if you are disabled between 30-40% you will receive a $2500 reduction in assessed valuation as a homestead exemption.

Read the full text of the Public Act 99-0375 that establishes this new benefit for disabled Veterans.

Veterans Affairs Program Works to Ensure That No Vet Dies Alone

on Wednesday, 17 February 2016. Posted in News

No Veteran Dies Alone

The old Army cook and the injured artilleryman sat shooting the breeze at the Department of Veterans Affairs' Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.

Nick Konz spent part of the 1960s in uniform, turning low-grade meat into meals for soldiers stationed in Germany.

Ray O'Brien came home "banged up" from the Korean War, prompting a discharge and a loss of military life that the 86-year-old would lament after until the day he died.

By that November day, O'Brien was suffering from vascular disease and had settled into hospice care. Still, the Libertyville man retained the loquaciousness of someone healthier as he held court from his wheelchair.

"The American Legion has the best bars," he noted, hair gelled up by a nurse for the visitors, his right leg swollen with blood that refused to circulate.

"Depends on who's bartending," Konz said.

 

McMahon Services and Construction Goes “Above and Beyond” in Serving the Community

on Wednesday, 30 November 2016.

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When Jeremiah J. McMahon started his home services and remodeling business in 1954, he had no way to predict how successful this business would become many decades later.

Today, McMahon Services and Construction is a leader in its field, which now includes fire, smoke and water restoration, roofing and siding, and mold remediation, as well as construction and remodeling.

The Hainesville, IL firm serves northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin homeowners as a “Preferred Contractor”, an honored status designated by leading insurance companies.