Chicago Veterans Ruck March 2017 – Ruck March Packing Guide

Some say that packing a rucksack can be an art form perfected only through experience.  It’s common to see the occasional rucksack that’s packed incorrectly – and five miles later, you’ll see someone struggling.  Fortunately, we’ve put together a brief guide on how to correctly pack your rucksack in preparation for the 2017 Chicago Veterans […]

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Veterans Day Meals & Events: 2016

Many restaurants and other businesses in Chicago offer free or discounted food and services this Friday November 11th for Veterans Day. Some deals are available for veterans only, while others are valid for both veterans and active military personnel. In addition, proof of military status requirements vary at each location, so be sure to click on the […]

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Veterans continuing to serve

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 together to help clean up the Portage Park neighborhood. Volunteers grabbed supplies and […]

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Uncovering Chicago’s 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 Grove Ave and MLK Drive. Camp Douglas opened in 1861 as a training center […]

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The legendary Green Berets

Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, US Army, Green Berets, Medal of Honor Recipient  THE PRESIDENT: “We are a nation of more than 300 million Americans.  Of these, less than 1 percent wears the uniform of our Armed Services.  And of these, just a small fraction has earned the badges of our Special Operations Forces. In the finest […]

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Not your typical VFW

VFW Post Harry E. Anderson in New Lenox Illinois was featured on Chicago’s Best TV show with their famous “Fish Fry Fridays!” Address: 323 Old Hickory Rd New Lenox Phone: (815) 485-8369 Website: Featured Bite: Fish Fry, Fried Chicken dinners on Friday

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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 his past accomplishments. Rutkowski is a decorated World War II […]

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Veterans Closet

The Veterans Closet is a place for Veterans to get back on their feet – They provide FREE clothing, hygiene products, small household items and HOPE for our Chicago-area Veterans. Whether you are looking for a single pair of jeans or a full suit for a job interview, the Veterans Closet has you covered. The idea […]

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Ms Veteran America Competition

PEORIA – The Disney princess in combat boots wants to make you an offer you can refuse. As a recruiter serving with the Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command in Peoria, Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Williams doesn’t believe in spinning fairy tales. She does love all things Disney, however, and sees herself as a […]

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