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Veteran’s Benefit Presentation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Wiyrick   
Monday, 11 July 2011 12:02

Thursday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m.

2500 Grant Street, Bettendorf, Iowa

Iowa Masonic Health Facilities

Community Center

(at top of the hill)

Are you a war-time veteran or widow of a war-time veteran? You may be eligible to receive a monthly Veteran’s benefit.

David Woods, from the Office of Veteran’s Affairs in Davenport, has graciously offered to lead this FREE, public meeting to inform Veterans of benefits that may be currently available to them, which may include rental assistance. Veterans may qualify for various benefit programs such as Aid & Attendance Benefits, Housebound Status Benefits, and others. David is also available to meet on an individual basis (via appointment) to assist veterans and their spouses in applying for veterans benefits. Attend this seminar to gather information that may assist you in obtaining the benefits that all Veterans deserve.

Public welcome. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Amy Wiyrick at 359-9171, Monday-Friday 8-4.


Sponsored by Masonic Village & Iowa Masonic Health Facilities

Braley Statement on Change of Condolence Letter Policy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 23:34

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement on President Obama’s change to the condolence letter policy for soldiers who commit suicide:

“I strongly support the President’s change of the condolence letter policy, and I share his commitment to removing the stigma associated with the unseen wounds of war. I’ll continue to fight for expanded access to mental health care for all current members of our armed services and the brave veterans who served this country.”


$1 Million Raised - Hardee's Assists Veterans and Military Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Beth Hoops   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 22:19

In May, Hardee’s launched its Stars for Troops in-store fundraiser benefiting Homes for Our Troops and USA Cares. Thanks to your readers’ generous donations, we’re happy to announce more than $1 million raised (by CKE Restaurants - Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s) to assist military families and veterans.

To participate, restaurant guests donated $1 in support of military charities. For each $1 donation, guests received a commemorative “Stars for Troops” cut out to personalize and place on display in the restaurant; in addition, they received restaurant coupons valued at more than $10 to use toward future purchases.

More information about Stars for Troops is available here: Thanks again to you and your readers for the support – and for making this fundraiser a success. I look forward to sharing additional news with you about Hardee’s future military fundraising efforts.

Governor Quinn Signs Bills to Increase Protections for Veterans and Servicemembers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 14:40

Bills Prevent Winter Heat Shutoff, Increase Driver’s License Renewal Period; Help Injured Veterans Access Needed Services

CHICAGO – July 3, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed three bills to provide more protections for Illinois’ servicemembers and help injured Veterans get the services they need. Together, the bills will make Illinois a more supportive place to live for servicemembers and veterans.

“On the day before we celebrate our democracy, we want to remember and protect our heroic men and women who answered the call to service,” said Governor Quinn. “When our Veterans and servicemembers return to their homes in Illinois, it is our duty to give them the thanks and respect they deserve.”

These bills prevent Illinois utilities from cutting off heat to Veterans and servicemembers during the winter months; extend the driver’s license renewal time for servicemembers returning from overseas or out-of state; and create a fund to support public service announcements to increase awareness of Veterans’ programs.

Sponsored by Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) and Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin), House Bill 1260 prohibits utilities from cutting off heat to Veterans and Servicemembers during the winter months. Under the new law, gas and electric utility companies are prevented from cutting off gas or electricity to Veterans and servicemember’s homes from Dec. 1 through March 31 of the following year.

Many of Illinois’ men and women in uniform who serve out-of-state or overseas find it difficult to renew their driver’s license within the time required under current law. Sponsored by Rep. Eddie Jackson (D-East St. Louis) and Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), House Bill 3331 extends the expiration of a servicemember's driver’s license to 120 days upon their return to Illinois. Current law only allows for a 90 day deferral.

House Bill 3275 creates a fund to support public service announcements to inform Illinois’ Veterans and servicemembers of the benefits and services available for treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The fund will be administered by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which will collect private gifts, donations and charitable contributions to support the fund. The new law was sponsored by Rep. Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) and Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago).

“As a veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard, there are few things more important than helping our men and women in uniform,” said Rep. Barickman, who sponsored HB 3275. “I’m proud of this law, which allows people to donate private dollars to promote services available to men and women injured in combat.”

The three new laws take effect Jan. 1, 2012.


Military Explorers "explore" First Army Headquarters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Robert Saxon   
Friday, 24 June 2011 12:35
Sgt. 1st Class Evadne Benson, center, First Army Equal Opportunity Advisor, meets with two squads of Military Explorers, from Post 9044 in Davenport, Iowa, and Post 120 from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. The cadets, ranging from 11 to 21 years of age, are learning about the military ways of life prior to their potential future affiliation with the service of their choosing. The "Nighthawk" and "Green Dragon" squads took a guided tour of the new First Army headquarters building on Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. The group is conducting a four-day Explorer Challenge on "The Rock", consisting of military training and orientation events.   (Photo by Master Sgt. Danette Rodesky-Flores, First Army Public Affairs)

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