LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR

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Jay Hoffman Legislative Director 

We are in a time where veterans need all the support possible. Our legislative team has set and aggressive goal of getting bills initiated and passed at the State Level. This can't be done without our members help. Go to our legislative news page and see the easy to take actions.

Below is a list of action items we intend with your help to get passed through Springfield.

These are the bills that are vital. Contact your elected officials and urge them to support veterans. Call, email or better do both. You’ll be amazed what this simple gesture accomplishes. Copy and paste this weblink to place on social media also  Download a pdf file to e-mail to all you know. 

Our VFW Department of Illinois could use your help. It only takes a few minutes and the positive impact you will have on our veterans community is immense. 

We are asking you contact your State Representative and Senator. You can find their 

Contact information click here or https://www.illinoispolicy.org/maps/

These are the bills that are vital. Contact your elected officials and urge them to support veterans. Call, email or better do both. You’ll be amazed what this simple gesture accomplishes.

HB35 - Veterans Bill of Rights. Increase veterans small business loans. Support programs to prevent veterans suicide. Increase veterans access to health care and new strategies to prevent veterans homelessness. For more details click here

HB163 - Provides that at the time of enrollment, US Military personnel based in temporary housing located outside a school district but will live in a school district in 6 months, must be enrolled in district without charge for tuition. For more details click here

HB390 - Appropriates $250,000 for the training of service dogs. For more details click here

HB2378 The bill amends the Disabled Veterans Homestead Act to allow a surviving spouse who receives DIC to apply for the exemption, if the veteran died before applying for the exemption. For more details click here

HB2775 - Homelessness. Bill will prevent interference by landlords in the assistance provided by county VAC’s. For more details click here

WE OPPOSE HB3590, this bill would defund the Cook County VAC. It is currently in the house rules committee. It was passed by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Several VAC Superintendents testified against the bill in a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing. For more details click here

 

HB5184 - Amends the Military Veterans Assistance Act. click here

 

SB569 - Provides that high school students can take the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Test in their school. For more details click here

Again Visit here and our legislative news page to see how you can help vital bills concerning our Veterans Community