Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is an organization sponsored by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Military Affairs (Illinois Army and Air Force National Guard) to provide assistance to veterans and their families. Their Website
is www.illinoisjoiningforces.org and when you go there, you can find information on topics such as; Emergency Assistance, Education, Disability Benefits and other items. You can also find information
on civilian support organizations and agencies specifically for each county.
May 2 – DuPage Veterans
Foundation’s annual Honor Flight Fund Raiser. 11am – 3pm, DuPage Airport,
West Chicago. There will be food, entertainment,
military vehicles and aircraft. This is
free for WWII and Korean War Veterans. This
is a fund raiser to raise money for Honor Flight Chicago.
May 15 – DuPage Veteran’s
Resource Fair. DuPage County #421 Building,
9am – 2pm. There will be over 50
agencies there to provide information and resources to Veterans and their families,
and anyone who’s looking for information.
This is open to the public. The DuPage County Recorder’s Office will be
there to sign-up Veterans for their “Honor Rewards Program” and the Illinois
Secretary of State will be there to put “Veteran” on Veteran’s driver’s
licenses and state ID cards. After Jan
1, 2020, Veterans will not have to go to IDVA to get their DD-214 stamped for
their driver’s license. The Secretary of
State’s Office can do it all there.
May 28 – Military/Veteran
101 Training. DuPage County #421 Building, 9am – 3pmYou will receive basic information on the different military
branch of services, what a military servicemember did while in the military, and
what a Veteran is. Over 175 people have attended
this in the past and I was asked to do it again.
June 10 – DuPage Homeless
Veterans Task Force Seminar. DuPage
County #421 Building, 9am – 11am. This
is our annual seminar to give updated information on how we’re ending Veteran
homelessness in DuPage County and how the community can help us.
June 17 – “Caring for
your Aging Brain”. This is presented
by Dr. Amanda Urban, Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychologist Program Manager, VA Hines
Hospital. DuPage County #421 Building,
9am – 12pm. This is outstanding. Amanda will explain how the brain ages as you
get older. She will talk about Alzheimer’s
and Dementia. I saw this presentation a
couple of years ago and asked her to present it here.