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Governor Quinn Launches “Warm Our Heroes” Collection Drive for Veterans and Their Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:41

Invites the Public to Drop Off Winter Clothing, Canned Food and Personal Items at State Facilities in Five Cities from Dec. 1-19

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched the Warm Our Heroes holiday collection drive for Illinois veterans and their families and invited people across the state to support this important cause. In five cities across Illinois, state facilities will accept public donations of winter clothing, non-perishable food and personal items until Dec. 19. The Warm Our Heroes drive is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to honor and support the men and women who have served our country and maintain Illinois’ status as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.

“We need to always take care of those who have borne the battle, especially during the holiday season,” Governor Quinn said. “Warm Our Heroes supports our veterans and their families and I encourage everyone to take a minute to give back to those who have sacrificed so much.”

Warm Our Heroes was launched by the Governor in 2012 as a state employee initiative to provide much-needed items to Illinois veterans in need. In its first year, state employees collected more than 3,500 donations which were distributed to veterans’ organizations across the state. This year the Governor expanded the program to allow the public to participate.

Warm Our Heroes will collect warm winter clothing, dry and canned food and personal items such as toothpaste and soap to give to community veterans organizations and VA hospitals. The donation drop-off sites include:

·         The E.J. Giorgi Center – 200 S. Wyman, Rockford, 61101

·         Illinois State Capital – 401 S. 2nd Street or 207 State House, Springfield, 62706

·         James R. Thompson Center – 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 60601

·         Kenneth Hall State Regional Office Building – 10 Collinsville Ave., East St. Louis, 62201

·         Marion Regional Office Building – 2309 W. Main St., Marion, 62959

In addition, Illinois Department of Transportation district headquarters offices are accepting Warm Our Heroes donations.  These include:

·         201 W. Center Court, Schaumburg, 60196

·         819 Depot Avenue, Dixon, 61021

·         700 E. Norris Dr., Ottawa, 61305

·         401 Main St., Peoria, 61602

·         13473 Illinois Highway 133, Paris, 61944

·         2300 S. Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, 62703

·         400 W. Wabash, Effingham, 62401

·         1102 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville, 62234

·         2801 W. Murphysboro Rd.,Carbondale, 62901

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Throughout his career in public service, Governor Quinn has been committed to Illinois veterans, servicemembers and their families. In 2009, Governor Quinn became the first Governor in Illinois history to dedicate state capital dollars to supportive housing for veterans. In 2011, when soldiers began returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Governor Quinn launched Welcome Home Heroes to help these brave men and women resettle and become homeowners, helping more than 1,600 veterans and active military men and women to date.

As Lieutenant Governor, Governor Quinn championed the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund Act, which established a voluntary fund to provide grants to families of Illinois National Guard members and Illinois residents serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve called to active duty. These grants help with the costs of food, housing, utilities, medical services and other expenses they struggle to afford because of the disparity between military and civilian pay. The fund has distributed more than $15.1 million to 29,625 Illinois military families.

Other programs championed by Governor Quinn include the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program that helps veterans transition back to their daily lives and the Veterans Cash instant lottery program with all proceeds going to benefit Illinois veterans’ organizations.

For more information about these and other programs for our veterans, visit or call the IDVA at (217) 782-6641 or (312) 814-2460.


Harkin Announces More Than $79,000 for Homeless Veterans in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:17

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Iowa will receive a total of $79,318 in grant funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing program (VASH). The funding will provide homeless veterans with rental assistance. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and a member of the subcommittee that funds HUD.

“We are greatly indebted to our servicemembers. It is our duty to show our appreciation for them and their families by supporting them abroad and caring for them at home,” said Harkin. “Programs like the Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing help us fulfill that duty.”

The HUD VASH tenant-based vouchers will enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable existing housing of their choice. Each veteran that receives a voucher will also receive an array of supportive services provided by the Veterans Administration.

Details of the funding are below:

  • Davenport Housing Commission: $30,468
  • Municipality of Council Bluffs: $48,850

Make a Gift to Send Packages to Our Troops! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Operation Graditude   
Monday, 08 December 2014 10:11
You can sponsor a shipment
of Care Packages to our Troops.
Make your gift today, and we will include a
beautiful card with your name
inside each of the packages.

Please join our effort to send more
than 100,000 care packages this year.

Gov. Branstad orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 17:01

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014, until 8 a.m. Monday, December 8, 2014, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day weekend.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state.  Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

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Veterans' Affairs Community Town Hall Meeting Invitation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Pruett   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:40

You are cordially invited to attend a Community Town Hall Meeting at:

December 11, 2014   10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Coralville Public Library – Schwab Room

1401 5th St, Coralville, IA 52241 

Open to all Veterans, their families and caregivers as well as to members of Congressional Offices, Veteran Service Organizations, and Media.

‘Listening Sessions’ Aim to Seek Feedback, Improve VA System

IOWA CITY – Senior leaders from the Iowa City VA Health Care System and the Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Dec 11 at the Coralville Public Library Schwab Room, in Coralville, IA.

The town hall is designed to gain open and honest feedback from Veterans, their family members and other beneficiaries. VA also welcomes input from congressional stakeholders, Veteran service organizations, nongovernmental organizations and other community partners.

VA facilities around the country are holding town hall meetings on a quarterly basis “to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide.” “Caring for Veterans is a calling, and our first commitment is to provide Veterans and their families the timely, quality care and benefits they have earned and deserve through their service to our Nation,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “As we seek continual improvement and to rebuild trust among Veterans, it is critical that we continue to listen and learn directly from those who use our system.”

The library is located at: 1401 5th St, Coralville, IA 52241

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