An Extended Veterans week comes to an end Sunday and Monday

An Extended Veterans week comes to an end Sunday and Monday

An Extended Veterans week comes to an end Sunday and Monday

By Jerry Field

Jerry FieldWhat started about two years ago has flourished into a 10 day celebration honoring Veterans. During an unofficial meeting with several City of Chicago, Cook County and State of Illinois Veterans, the participants noted the many excellent Veterans Day programs jammed into a weekend or during the week. Starting October 27th and leading to November 12th, there have been more than 50 events honoring American Veterans, and a few events celebrating those who fought along with the American Military.

Do you know what is the oldest, the best, and most viable social network in the world? See the end of today’s column.

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center  will celebrate Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11, from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Kizer Conference Center  at 820 South Damen. The celebration will honor the Jesse Brown Veterans Food Pantry which has won several national awards for operations and extended services under the direction of Patrick Gleason. Connie’s Pizza will provide a light lunch and “In Full Swing” will provide music for listening and dancing.

This past Sunday (11/4) the 16th Annual Mayfair Neighbor Salute to American Heroes was held with featured speaker Director Steve Cruda, of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and Honorable John D’Amico, State Representative (11th district). The event was hosted by Alderman Marge Laurino (39thward). Coordinating the program was Vietnam Veteran Roger McGill.



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Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times columnist, won the Dorothy Storck award for his series on the homeless in Chicago and Cook County area.  The award was from the Chicago Journalists Association.  Brown’s series of stories covered all segments of the homeless population from Veterans to underage children. Dorothy Storck was an Air Force Veteran and Pulitzer Prize winner whose award was established by her fiancé Dr. Dick Simpson, professor of political science at the University of Illinois Chicago.  The award event was attended by several Chicago area journalists groups. Attending were The Chicago Press Vets, now called Chicago Association of Journalists (CAJ), and the host for the event Maudlyne Ihejirika, current president of CAJ, Allen Rafalson, past president of CAJ for almost a decade and Dr. Jerry Field, president emeritus of the International Press Club (IPC) of Chicago.

Allan Rafalson,CJA Maudlyne Ihejirika CVA president and Dr Jerry Field President emertus International Press Club of Chicago (both Rafalson andField are veterans. Photo courtesy of Jerry Field

Allan Rafalson,CAJ president, host Maudlyne Ihejirika, and past CAJ president Dr Jerry Field President emertus International Press Club of Chicago (both Rafalson andField are veterans. Photo courtesy of Jerry Field

Saturday, November 10th, the National Desert Storm Memorial will host a benefit event at the Chicago Wolves Hockey game vs the Rockford Ice Hogs at 7 PM. at the Allstate Arena. A ticket are $25, and includes parking, and a winter hat, with all proceeds earmarked for the National Desert Storm Memorial. For ticket information, e mail or call 630-589-6024.

VA now offers a Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program which is the fastest way to process a claim.

If you are submitting a claim for increased disability compensation or filing for the first time, follow the suggested four steps:

  • Appoint and work with an accredited Veteran Service Organization (VSO).
  • Gather all relevant and required documents to support your claim.
  • Attend a VA claim exam, if needed.
  • Submit your claim.

The VSO has filed hundreds of claims. It is a time consuming effort that requires all the paper work in the right order and all the forms properly filled out. Having a VSO who has the experience is a great benefit. It’s another service of the VA.

This November (2018) issue of the American Legion Magazine lists the 5 Veterans Memorials to visit.

The Chicagoland National Veterans Art Museum, 4041North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, is on the list.

The museum is a display of more than 2500 Veterans art work, combat displays, poetry and music.

Coming up at Pritzker Library, 104 South Michigan Ave .Chicago. Wednesday, November 14, 6 pm Andrew Robert, author of his novel “Churchill Walking with Destiny” discusses his new updated novel.

Thursday, November 19, 6 pm James Holland, historian, and broadcaster discusses his book, “The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two.” Previous Holland books are “The Rise of Germany 1939-1941” and the “Allies Strike Back 1941-1943.”

Most events at Pritzker Military Library are free to members. For Veterans discounts, contact the library.

The answer to questions at the top of the column: What is the oldest, the best, and most viable social network in the world? Answer: “When two veterans say hello”.

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Jerry Field

Dr. Jerry Field, a Korean War Veteran and native Chicagoan has a long history of service to Veterans, most recently as advocate for Veteran and Military benefits and services. He currently serves on several Veterans committees in Chicago and the State of Illinois. He is a Commander of the Jewish War Veteran (JWV) Post 710 and serves on the JWV Illinois strategic planning committee is also a member of the American Legion.

South Korean Consul General Jong kook Lee recently presented Dr. Field with the Ambassador of PeaceGold Medal.

His nonmilitary career is varied as he was a film publicist, newspaper reporter and taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology for nearly 20 years. He was an instructor for the ROTC and currently manages the JROTC program for Leadership for JWV. As Executive Director of the Chicago Veterans Coordinating Committee, his efforts are directed toward supporting Veterans and Military members to avail themselves of the benefits provided by the Veterans Administration and other service organizations.

Dr. Field holds a doctorate in education from Loyola University Chicago, a Masters in Economics and Marketing from Roosevelt University and a Leadership certification from the U S Army.

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