Operation HerStory

Operation HerStory is teaming up with Honor Flight Chicago (HFC), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) to create the first all-women senior veterans flight from Illinois to Washington, D.C., in the Fall of 2020. This one-day trip will give the veterans the opportunity to visit the war memorials built in their honor, including the Women in Military Service For America Memorial and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, while enjoying camaraderie and fellowship with other women veterans. Continue reading

Happy 383rd birthday to the US National Guard

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f670f51f-ec79-4660-8a9f-ed0a242a3c15_750x422The official birth date of the Army National Guard as a reserve component of the Army is December 13, 1636. On this date, the Massachusetts colonial legislature directed that the colony’s existing militia companies be organized into three regiments. This date is recognized based upon the Department of Defense’s practice of adopting the dates of initial authorizing legislation for organized units as the birthdates of the active and reserve components of the armed services.

Happy 383rd birthday to the US National Guard!

VA extends benefits to offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Continue reading

Veterans Certification Resource Event

Experience what it takes to do business with state and federal agencies as a veteran-owned business. Learn from some of the best in their fields as you leave not only feeling informed but empowered to take actionable steps to certification. … Continue reading

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals plans virtual hearings in 2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) and Office of Information and Technology (OIT) are working towards nationwide availability of virtual hearings for Veterans next year, allowing access using their mobile phone or laptop via the VA Video Connect app. Continue reading