What are we thankful for?

What are we thankful for?

We are thankful for you! Thanksgiving is a time to look back and reflect on what we are thankful for. We at Chicago Veterans are thankful to have so many blessings in our communities but the biggest blessing of all is you! We are thankful to have such an...

Veterans Art Gallery

Veterans Art Gallery

On Friday May 4th, Chicago Veterans along with the The Pilsen Art House hosted a Veterans Art Initiative. Veterans from the Chicagoland area were able to showcase their art and invite fellow service members and friends to experience the gallery. Many veterans are turning to...

Pop Up Session with Merging Vets & Players

Pop Up Session with Merging Vets & Players

  On Wednesday April 18th,  came to Chicago for their Pop Up Session at POW Gym in the West Loop. Veterans from all over the Chicago land area came together for an incredible workout with professional athletes, including Chicago Bears players Big Cat Williams and...

From Strangers to Family

From Strangers to Family

After the success of our Chicago Veterans softball team, many Veterans wanted to continue meeting and spending time together. They decided to try their luck at another sport; this time, volleyball! The team reached out to other veterans via social media and invited them to a...

An idea that led to a Championship!

An idea that led to a Championship!

Every summer the Chicago Park District hosts a one day Veterans Softball Tournament inviting family, friends and fellow organizations to participate. Chicago Veterans was one of many organizations to create their own team and participated. We made it to the second round of t...

Portage Park Clean-up

Portage Park Clean-up

  Photography and Article By: Lauren Gandara The Spring morning of April 2nd was blistery and snowing, not the ideal weather for being outdoors. Despite the conditions dozens of students from Carl Schurz High School, along with the members of Chicago Veterans came...

Uncovering Chicagos Lost POW Camp

Uncovering Chicagos Lost POW Camp

Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood was home to one of the largest POW camps for the Union Army. More than 40,000 troops passed through the camp during its nearly four years in operation. The camp was located on the cities south side, around 31st Street between Cottage G...

Chicago Honors WWII POW

Chicago Honors WWII POW

Henry J. “Hank” Rutkowski Sr. is a longtime fixture in Chicago’s Archer Heights neighborhood. He is well known in St. Bruno Parish and is a proud VFW member at the P.F.C Ted Stempien Post on Chicago's south side. But the 89-year-old resident is also known for hi...

2 Medal of Honor recipients Chicagoans should know

2 Medal of Honor recipients Chicagoans should know

Two Medal of Honor recipients you should know if you are from Chicago. Manuel Perez Jr: A Mexican-American Hero Manuel Pérez Jr, was born March 3, 1923, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but as a young boy, his family moved to Chicago. Pérez attended C...