Military/Vet Info

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Justice for Vets – Veterans Treatment Court Locations

Presents an interactive map of Veterans Treatment Courts in theU.S.

Justice for Vets – Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program

Serves as model programs for individuals and court teams interested

in starting a Veterans Treatment Court,

or for established courts interested in learning new practices.

Justice for Vets – Resources for Court Professionals

Connect your court with resources designed to support Veterans Treatment Courts.

Justice for Vets – Veteran Mentors

Supports Veterans through their readjustment to civilian life and assists them

with navigating the court, treatment and VA systems.



Call 911 or go to the closest emergency room. You do NOT need preauthorization from VA to seek emergency non-VA treatment. Contact the closest VA medical center within 72 hours. You, a family member, friend, or non-VA hospital can make that contact. The VA facility will verify your eligibility for VA to pay for the care and advise you of claims filing procedures and deadlines. PLEASE NOTE: VA is not authorized to pay for all emergency care for veterans, your individual eligibility will determine what the VA is able to pay for.


The VA has determined that Yoga is great treatment for Veterans and active duty military. The program is for veterans, military and their families. We have been blessed with a great team of Yoga instructors led by Dana Fish. These instructors have gone through training and are certified by Connected Warriors. They will be conducting classes at various locations in the Naperville area and the Western Suburbs. More details will follow when we get confirmation about sites. IT IS FREE TO ALL VETERANS, SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES!  Click Here for more information.

Frequently asked questions about the VA Health Care and the Affordable Care Act.

Below is the link to VA Benefits for 2013. At the risk of being a nag let me reiterate again: 

  •  Any benefits that you get from the VA be it healthcare, pension or compensation is a benefit that you earned when you put on the uniform to defend this country. IT IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT.
  •  If you file a claim for benefits make sure you go through an accredited Veterans Service Officer. They will act as your advocate for that claim.  2013 VA Benefits
Click here for information on a series of employment and resource fairs in 2013 at the National Latino Education Institute (NLEI).

eKnowledge has donated more than $42 million of SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ Programs to Military service members and their families worldwide. This valuable donation from eKnowledge is in its eighth consecutive year. The Military Donation Project is in alliance with the Department of Defense and supported by professional athletes from the NFL and MLB, as well as over 100 organizations, groups and non-profits. Click here to place an order or telephone 951-256-4076.

From time to time, Vacations To Go is able to negotiate special discounts or shipboard credits on select sailings for active, reserve or retired members of the U.S.military or the Canadian Forces, as well as veterans.  Here are some special military rates and shipboard credits on the following cruise lines. Click any line below for that company’s eligibility requirements and to see our special military discounts:

Holland America
Royal Caribbean
Voyages of Discovery
Voyages to Antiquity

Please note that cruise lines limit these deals to new bookings only. They are subject to availability and restrictions may apply. Proof of military status must be provided at the time of booking.


Pressroom Helper Needed:  Looking for young hard working individual to handle pressroom floor duties. Duties will include helping two 40″ presses with wash ups, paper throwing, general area maintenance, changing of paper tubs etc. This individual would also be responsible for learning all processes included with becoming a feeder on a 40″ printing press40″ Press Feeder needed: Looking for press feeder. Responsibilities include but not limited to throwing loads, setting up main feeder and press, reading job tickets, assisting pressman with daily duties. Individual with Miller / Man Rolland presses a plus.40″ Pressman needed:  Looking for a 40″ pressman to operate Miller / Man Rolland sheetfed presses. Miller experience a plus but not required. Duties include, achieving fit and color. Handling press checks with clients. Maintaining a high level of integrity as a representative of QI a must.Contact:  Quik Impressions 1385 Jeffrey Drive Addison, IL. 60101 office: 630-495-7845 cell: 630-669-5727


Click here for a factsheet on the VRAP GI bill.  This fall, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), in conjunction with the US Forest Service is sponsoring the Veterans Fire Corps.  The Veterans Fire Corps offers post-9/11-era Veterans essential training and experience in fire management and forestry to prepare for federal employment in such agencies as the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and US Fish & Wildlife Service. Click here to apply


Grant & Power Landscaping is hiring laborers and foremen, especially interested in people who have served our country in the military.   Please email Gene Grant if you are interested.


Navistar, Inc. has an immediate need for 60 diesel truck mechanics in our Melrose Park, IL facility. Would love to fill all those spots with veterans! Interested candidates can apply directly via this link Please note we require at least 8 years of diesel engine repair and fabrication experience and the ability to work 2nd shift (3:30 – Midnight). Position information below:Navistar, Inc. – Leading diesel engine solutions for businesses and industries around the world.Navistar is a $15B/year global producer of Trucks, Buses, Military Vehicles, RVs, Custom Chassis and MaxxForceTM brand Engines. Navistar has tripled in size over the last 10 years. Our strategic vision is to continue that growth trajectory while simultaneously improving our profitability. Navistar’s Engine Group contributes to this goal by manufacturing the world’s best-selling mid-range diesel engines under its global MaxxForceTM brand. Built for performance, reliability, durability and fuel economy, MaxxForce engines power on-highway commercial vehicles, off-highway commercial vehicles, military vehicles and industrial equipment around the world.Position Title:Diesel Truck MechanicPosition Purpose and Requirements: Perform repair and fabrication work on diesel engine as assigned in accordance with in house and manufacturers’ standards
Assemble, disassemble and fabricate or modify engines, vehicles and components to complete projects in the Engineering Department
Change engines, transmissions, differentials, and other components in vehicles to permit the cross installation of these components for experimental and testing purposes
Make modifications for test set up to accept new engine mountings and hook ups
Use tools, equipments and processes including light automotive welding to complete the assigned projectsPosition Requirements: High School Diploma or GED equivalent
At least 8 years of diesel engine repair and fabrication experience
Ability to work 2nd shift. Position is 2nd shift (3:30 – Midnight)Desired Skills:Journeyman card a PLUS
Previous experience involving assembly of complex machined components or parts, automotive or truck assembly experience, or precision machine operation
Diesel mechanics education, fabrication and welding education/training
Evidence of excellent work history, including exemplary attendance, safety and job performance
Welding fabrication with Tig & Mig Welding skills
Basic reading, writing, typing and computer skills required


BNSF Railway, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is actively seeking applicants with military experience. At BNSF, we salute those with service, value their skills and welcome the unique experiences of our service members. From skilled craftsmen to first-line supervisors, we filled over 5,000 positions in 2011. BNSF offers challenging and rewarding career opportunities for those in transition from military to civilian life as well as veterans, retirees and members of National Guard and Reserve components.Today’s BNSF Railway, a product of nearly 400 different railroad lines that merged or were acquired over the course of 160 years, has been quietly delivering cars, coal, clothing, games and nearly anything else found in homes and businesses. While many different railroads combined to form BNSF, the people who worked at those railroads shared many traits. The people who built BNSF were – and continue to be – a unique breed, blending the forward-thinking of dreamers with the pragmatism of results-oriented business leaders. This heritage played a central role in settling and growing the American West, and today, BNSF continues to have a significant impact in meeting the needs of shippers and serving the economy. If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career with a company that appreciates your military experience, then visit to apply.


John Marshall Law School provides free legal assistance for veterans.   Please visit the website, or email for more information.


Click here for information on free admission to museums and parks.


The Soldiers Project offers free psychological services to our military service members and their loved ones in the private offices of our volunteer therapists. Through our ‘Adopt a College’ program we offer therapy, workshops and consultation to a number of colleges in Southern California and in New York, and through our Family Ties program, we’re training military families to act as mentors for each other through the process of re-integrating into our communities.


The SBA link below describes the Patriot Express loan program to help Veterans establish themselves in small businesses.  This is something every veteran entrepreneur should know about.  Please pass it along to anyone you know who might be contemplating a business start-up.


The VA wants all Veterans to know that confidential support is only a text message away- a new, free, confidential text-messaging service in the existing Veterans Crisis Line, introduction of toll-free access from Europe, and collaboration with Vets Prevail and Vets4Warriors, two groups providing crisis help to Veterans, Servicemembers and their families. the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1) and online chat (, Veterans and Servicemembers in crisis and their friends and families may text free of charge to 83-8255 to receive confidential, personal and immediate support. The text service is available, like the Veterans Crisis Line and online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and connects a user with a specially trained VA professional — many who are Veterans themselves.

As a part of the effort to extend VA’s reach, Veterans and members of the military community in Europe may now receive free, confidential support from the European Military Crisis Line, a new initiative recently launched by VA. Callers in Europe may dial 0800-1273-8255 or DSN 118 to receive confidential support from responders at the Veterans Crisis Line in the U.S.

VA’s Veterans Crisis Line continues to add external resources to provide Veterans with additional support. Two of these organizations include Vets Prevail ( and Vets4Warriors online chat(, free hotline (1-855-838-8255/1-855-VET-TALK). If a Veteran is in need of professional crisis or mental health support, Vets4Warriors responders will transfer the Veteran to a responder at the Veterans Crisis Line.

For more information about VA’s suicide prevention program, visit:


The CHAMP (ComEd Helps Activated Military Personnel) program provides bill-payment assistance to deployed members of the military and disabled veterans who reside within ComEd’s northern Illinois service territory and demonstrate a need. CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including a cash stipend of up to $500 while funds are available, a deferred payment plan, extended payment due dates, exemption from late charges, deposit reduction and budget payment plans.

Launched in 2002, CHAMP was expanded in 2011 to offer benefits to disabled veterans. ComEd also offers other bill payment assistance programs to all eligible customers, including payment plans and budget billing.

To enroll in CHAMP or another of ComEd’s bill-payment assistance programs, customers should call 1-888-806-CARE (2273), or download an application at . A copy of a discharge letter, along with either a disability award letter or social security disability letter are required to qualify for benefits.

Click here for information on Ameren Illinois Military Support (AIMS) program.


Whether you’re looking for your company’s next organizational leader or looking to develop a high quality work force, the Marine for Life program can satisfy your recruiting and human resources needs. More than 27,000 Marines honorably leave active service each year, and they stand ready to help your organization advance to the next level. We are confident that your active participation in the Marine for Life program will pay dividends by attracting qualified candidates to be part of your company and to continue to build your positive corporate and community image.

Marine for Life connects Marines with opportunities-in areas like employment, education and realizing life goals. We help Marines make the connections that contribute to their success.

Employers that are part of the Marine for Life employer network have access to a pool of high-quality candidates with training, skills and tested leadership experience.

Marines bring special qualities to employers. The Initiative, Commitment, Teamwork, Communication skills and Flexibility of Marines are what win battles. These same qualities are helping businesses win in the marketplace.

Meetings are the third Thursday of the month, reservations are due by the Tues of that week.

FREE for veteran Marines and sailors looking for employment

For more information, send an email to the Chicago Marines for Life

The online application is available here <> .  Contact Pamela J. Redding Director of Paralympic and Disability Sport, World Sport Chicago for more information.


Researchers are seeking veterans to participate in a new state of Illinois-funded study of a dramatic treatment for PTSD. Any veteran with PTSD interested in more information about this study should call Advanced Pain Centers at 847-608-6620 or email the clinic at  Information is also available at the website of Chicago Medical Innovations:


lllinois’ military personnel, active duty and National Guard members who are currently deployed or recently returned from active duty are eligible to receive free tax preparation.  The 24,000 members of the Illinois CPA Society are showing their appreciation for the dedicated men and women of the U.S. military by offering free personal tax preparation services to anyone who is deployed or recently returned from a combat zone or other qualified hazardous duty area. CPA Society members will match service personnel with local tax preparers to find full tax benefits, exclusions, filing and payment extensions available to qualified individuals. Service personnel are encouraged to use this service if they do not have an existing relationship with a tax professional. The service is available year-round to service personnel and family members.  For further information please call the Illinois CPA Society directly at 800-993-0407, ext. 277 . All members of the military who are Illinois residents and are either deployed or have recently returned from a combat zone, are eligible for this service.

Here is the latest PSAs addressing military suicide awareness and prevention. The first was with Gary Sinise who is truly the “Bob Hope of this generation.” And in case you have not seen it, click above to link to the video.

The Veterans Crisis Line for the VA is 800-273-8255. Press 1.

Click to Access Benefit Information