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Veterans assistance continues in area

Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 9:05 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – The Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission was established to assist Grundy County veterans with their benefits and to advocate on their behalf.

Benefits are available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and various local agencies. Knowing if you are eligible and how to apply for these benefits can often be a challenge. The VAC is there to make the process a little less difficult, according to a news release from the VAC.

For the month of June, the VAC is working with various resources to offer additional services in Grundy County.

The Veterans Mobile Medical Unit from Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital will make several visits to the area in June.

The first will be its monthly visit to Morris on June 2. The MMU will be parked at the Morris American Legion, 212 W. Washington St., Morris, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The MMU will then visit the Coal City and Diamond area June 16. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the MMU will be at the Coal City American Legion Post at 1752 E. Division St., Diamond.

The MMU is also scheduled to be at state Sen. Sue Rezin’s Senior Health Fair on June 25.

Veterans who wish to receive care from the Hines MMU need to be enrolled with the VHA or they can bring a copy of their DD Form 214 to validate eligibility and get enrolled.        

The VA’s Vet Center will be offering service to Grundy County veterans from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the offices of the Grundy County VAC, 1802 N. Division St., Suite 405, in Morris.

Arrangements also have been made to have the veterans representative from the Illinois Department of Employment Security to start having office hours at the VAC office once a month. This will start from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27.

For information, contact the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission at 815-941-3152.

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