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Specialized Illinois National Guard unit to mobilize for Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:52

SPRINGFIELD, IL (11/12/2014)(readMedia)-- A deployment ceremony is scheduled for five Soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan as part of an embedded staff team. The ceremony for the Bilateral Embedded Staff Team (BEST) A14 will be Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, Illinois.

The Soldiers will train for a brief time at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying to Afghanistan. The unique mission allows Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers to train and deploy side-by-side with their Polish counterparts. The Soldiers are from various parts of Illinois and were selected for the mission based on their training and skills.

"Our 20-year partnership with Poland is the strongest National Guard State Partnership Program in the nation," said Daniel Krumrei of Springfield, Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. "Illinois Soldiers and Airmen are instrumental in developing secure international relationships, while broadening their experiences and developing their military skills."

The team is expected to return to Illinois in spring 2015.

Local Businesses Offer Veterans Free Stuff PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Behan   
Friday, 07 November 2014 09:28

When we see men and women in military uniforms, many of us want to walk up and thank them for devoting their lives to preserve our freedom. Many national chains with locations in our area are doing just that by offering veterans free stuff for Veterans Day and beyond.


  • Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand, is offering veterans a free hair cut from November 11 through Dec. 31 2014. Customers come in for a service on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran, redeemable through the end of 2014.   
  • Golden Corral, the nation’s #1 grill buffet franchise, is offering veterans a free buffet meal and beverage on November 17 from 5-9PM.
  • Great Clips Free Haircut For Veterans 

Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand, is giving veterans a free haircut from Veteran’s Day, November 11, through Dec. 31 2014.


How It Works:

  • Customers come into any U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 and, with the purchase of a service, receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
  • Limit one card per customer.
  • The free haircut cards are redeemable by veterans at any U.S. Great Clips from Nov. 11–Dec. 31, 2014 with proof of service. The promotion applies to veterans only.
  • Veterans who visit Great Clips in the U.S. on Nov. 11 receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card to redeem by Dec. 31. AfterNov. 11, veterans must have a free haircut card to get the free haircut.


  • Golden Corral Free Meal and Beverage for Veterans

Golden Corral, the nation’s #1 grill buffet franchise, will thank thousands of active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while raising donations for the DAV (Disabled American Veterans).  At all of its restaurants nationwide, Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from  5PM to 9PM on Monday Nov. 17 to any person who is serving or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves – identification is not required.

Illinois Guardsman retires after 27 years of service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sgt. Brian Vorce 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   
Friday, 07 November 2014 09:10

SPRINGFIELD, IL (10/19/2014)(readMedia)-- Col. Christopher Hall of Springfield, Illinois, retired after more than 27 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard, the last five and a half as Illinois' United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USPFO).

"What I'm going to miss about being in the National Guard is being part of a team with a common purpose," Hall said. "I will miss putting on the uniform every day."

Hall, a Mount Carmel native, enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard in 1987 as a combat engineer. After his unit leadership selected him for Warrior Challenge, a series of boards and reviews where Soldiers can learn more about officer candidacy school, Hall entered Officer Candidate School (OCS) and commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1990.

"I felt honored they selected me," Hall said. "I felt a duty and a responsibility to enter OCS."

As an officer, Hall served in a variety of roles, from quartermaster commander to logistics officer to working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). In December 2008, Hall took over as the USPFO for Illinois and served in that position until June 2014. Hall coordinated with Washington to provide funding and logistic support for the Illinois National Guard.

"Doing the USPFO job (in Illinois) was a good way to finish out my career," Hall said.

Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General for the Illinois National Guard, said Hall's service as USPFO was exemplary.

"Colonel Hall always has taken on tough assignments, whether here in Illinois or around the military, including nearly six years as USPFO, proceeded by battalion command and more than 60 months of joint duty service at the JCS and at United States Central Command," Krumrei said.

Hall said his philosophy is to leave any team, place or unit better than he found it. With National Guard Bureau asking Hall's office to teach, assist and develop other USPFOs around the country, Hall feels like he has done that.

"Not on my own, but as a team we've done that," Hall said.

After serving in an active duty capacity since 1995, Hall will transition into his new job with the Federal Highway Administration, continuing a career in government affairs.

"I see many challenges and opportunities to be a key contributor," Hall said. "I knew it was a perfect fit."

Hall met his wife, Kimberly, during his time traveling to Camp Lincoln in Springfield for OCS. The couple have two children, a son Alec, 17, and a daughter Kristin, 13.

Veterans Day Event Will Help Genesis Honor Veterans All Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:11

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Oct. 30, 2014 -- By honoring veterans on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, Genesis VNA and Hospice will also be able to honor veterans throughout the year.

We Honor Veterans is a national program of the Veterans Administration and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) with hospice care providers across the country. Genesis hospice patients who are veterans, nearing the end of life, are celebrated in an individual ceremony with loved ones. They are recognized for their service by hospice volunteers who are often veterans themselves.

To support We Honor Veterans for Genesis hospice patients, Genesis is inviting all veterans, their families and the public to the Adler Health Education Center in the lower level of the Genesis Heart Institute for an event recognizing veterans. The address is 1236 E. Rusholme Street, Davenport.

There will be a mini-health fair starting at 1 p.m. with free seasonal flu vaccinations for veterans, blood pressure checks and information about senior living, eye care, hospice care and other health services.

At 2 p.m. there will be a showing of The Monuments Men, the story of a special unit of soldiers in World War II charged with retrieving priceless works of art stolen by German troops. The Monuments Men stars George Clooney and Matt Damon. The movie will be screened again at 4:30 p.m.

The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Sponsorship is being provided by the Quad-City Times Bix 7, Eye Surgeons 

Associates, Genesis Imaging and Northwest Bank & Trust. Proceeds will be used to conduct the recognition ceremonies for veterans at the end of life and will help defray the costs of Genesis hospice nurses who accompany veterans in hospice care who are able to go on Honor Flights.

In 2014 for the first time, participants in the Quad-City Times Bix 7 were able to add to their entry fee in support of Genesis efforts to recognize and honor veterans. Race director Ed Froehlich will present a check of the proceeds prior to the screening of The Monuments Men.

“It is not only World War II veterans who are at an age where they need hospice care. We are also caring for more Korean and Vietnam era veterans in hospice,’’ said Pat Christy, operations manager for Genesis Hospice Services and the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. “Every veteran deserves our gratitude and recognition of their service.

“At the end of their lives the We Honor Veterans program celebrates their service and their lives.

“In their final days, many veterans have a story to share. We Honor Veterans ceremonies give us the opportunity to recognize them while also giving them the chance to share their personal stories with their families and loved ones.’’

Veterans receive an enamel pin and a certificate that they and the family can display. American flags and service flags are displayed in their homes outside hospice patient rooms at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House and service flags are flown outside the hospice house on a rotating basis each month.

For more information, call (563) 421-9263. To make a donation to We Honor Veterans, call the Genesis Health Services Foundation at (563) 421-6865.

For more information about We Honor Veterans, go to


Senior Star at Elmore Place Hosts Senior Veterans Affairs Benefits Presentation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina L. Maggio-Kellerstrass   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:29

VA expert to answer frequently asked questions for senior veterans



DAVENPORT, IA (October 28, 2014) – Senior Star at Elmore Place invites all Quad City senior veterans and their families to an event with guest speaker David Woods from Veterans Affairs at 11:30 a.m., November 3 at 4502 Elmore Avenue, Davenport.

The presentation will be informational and cover frequently asked questions about senior veterans’ benefits and eligibility requirements.  A light lunch will be served.

An RSVP is requested no later than November 2 by calling 563.484.5114.

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place or to schedule a tour, call 563.484.5114 or visit the website at

About Senior Star at Elmore Place

Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Senior Star community, features 236 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 20 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents three distinctive living experiences:  independent living, assisted living and memory care.  For more information, visit


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