DIAMOND – The Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission continues to work for local veterans and will be offering services in two locations this month.
The Grundy VAC was established to assist Grundy County veterans with their benefits and to advocate on their behalf, according to a news release.
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, so the VAC is there to make the process a little less difficult.
“Our goal is to offer as many VA and non-VA programs and services as we can under one roof for the veterans of Grundy County, a kind of one-stop shop. We know that when a veteran is interested in a specific benefit, there are other benefits that they are also eligible for, and we are here to educate them on as many of those benefits as we can,” Ken Buck, superintendent of the Grundy County VAC, said in the release.
“Ongoing outreach to our veteran community is important, since we have new veterans joining our ranks each week, and benefits change with each generation,” he continued.
For the month of June, the VAC is working with various resources to offer additional services in Grundy County. The Veterans Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) from Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital will make several visits to the area this month.
The next MMU visit is Monday in the Coal City and Diamond area. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the MMU will be at the Coal City American Legion Post, 1752 E. Division St., Diamond. The MMU also is scheduled to be at State Sen. Sue Rezin’s Senior Health Fair on June 25 in Morris.
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.