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Make a Difference through Philanthropy

We know recovery can be rewarding and stimulate resiliency for all involved when there is support from families, friends, and community (peers, comrades and private/public partnerships providing and guiding targeted services).  Philanthropy is of a critical nature to support this concept as well as to assist us in our need to investigate and research new and emerging therapies that apply to the common behavioral challenges for active duty personnel, the veteran and their family members pre, during and post deployment.

As the number of our consumers increase, we need to accelerate the process to recruit, train and certify the next generation of providers and peers of our transformational care. We need to provide educational materials to our consumers, first responders and the community at large.  We must provide the services to help our consumers coordinate their needs through our peer support specialists while coping with their emotional and financial challenges.  Nowhere is the impact of philanthropy more critical.

We formed our 501(c)3 Foundation dedicated to Veterans and their families in order to sustain the future and growth of our work.  You may make a contribution directly to either foundation, or to learn more about how you can support us, please contact:

Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation   
100 South Atkinson, Unit 110                                                
Grayslake, Illinois                                                
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Phone: 847-986-4622  


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A special recognition for donations of $500 or more by individuals or institutions given in honor of a Veteran or group of Veterans is available from the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation.  It is called the Circle of Honor, and the first member of this esteemed group of warrior-heroes is Pete Lane made possible by the generous donations of the Koziol Family Foundation to the Soldier Pete Peer Support Specialist scholarship fund. Joining Soldier Pete  are Vietnam Veterans Sgt. Michael D. Bohrman and Spc.4 Kenneth B. Luttel, WWII Army SSGT Frank P. Jaros along with Marine Sgt. Robert E. Eggleston from anonymous donations made in their memory to the Foundation's General Fund.  To make a donation in the name of your Veteran click on the PayPal logo below and specify the name.



Testimonials to Our Vision from Those Who Know

For all of our readers.  This note was handed to one of our Peers from a very sincere sixth grade student:



Dear Veteran:

I would like to thank you for serving our country, keeping our nation free and for all the sacrifices that you have made.  I have a lot of cousins that are in the Navy right now  The willingness of America's Veterans like you, to sacrifice your life and your time with your family, I give you my thanks.  I will have gratitude forever because of the cost that you paid for our nation's freedom.  Because of you, I know that I will always and forever be able to pursue my dreams.  You are so very brave and will always be a hero to me.  I know that I will be forever grateful for how much you have inspired and encouraged me.  Your unselfishness, courage and your willingness to protect our freedom...there are no words to express my thanks and my gratitude. 

From the bottom of my heart,

Grace B., St. Joseph's School, Vancouver, Washington



It is every Soldier's honor to serve our great country and her people. Your care packages made that service that much more rewarding. All the Soldiers here thank you for your care packages. It is very rewarding to see such tangible examples of your gratitude for our service. As we answer our nation's call, it gives us strength and personal satisfaction knowing our efforts are noticed by you. We would love to send you pictures capturing the many Soldiers enjoying your care packages but there are restrictions on pictures outside the command. We trust you will enjoy a lasting satisfaction that your kindness touched every Soldier's heart here. Thank you!

On behalf of the Task Force 51 Commander and all the Soldiers,

Chaplain (LTC) Douglas L. Prentice




 Thank You for starting this organization for our fellow vets. Many are reluctant to go directly to the VA for help or even a national service organization. Your organization provides an alternative and a bridge.


When first arriving in Florida I was amazed at how many vets there were. I eat at the country clubs a lot and have had many conversations with fellow vets and their spouses. It is AMAZING how many have not filed for benefits they deserve. Several of their wives have commented to me when their husbands go for a bathroom break that the husband is having a terrible time dealing with their WW2, Korea and Vietnam service and the wife does not know what to do.


I try to steer the conversation subtly towards the mental health issues that vets have when they return and often hear the reply, "the VA is all screwed up" and don't want to get involved. My opinion is it is just one of the many excuses we can make up when we are in denial of needing help.


It is frustrating and heartbreaking to see them going through this, and especially on the wife's part. I do what I can. A few have responded positively when I suggested how to file for a claim, etc. I wish I were close enough to you guys to volunteer! Anyway, we do what we can to help our brothers in arms... Who could better understand them... Sorry I have rambled on. Thanks again...

Semper Gumby. John B., USMC, Vietnam 1970





Hey pb,

I'm proud to tell you that after a long hard battle I will be moving back into my home in July. My wife and I completed all of our counseling and have been on a path to building a better marriage. Everything about our relationship has improved. I can't tell you enough how much I have changed since I first met you. I feel like a completely different person. I feel like I got a restart on this thing called life. I can not thank you enough for your support.