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Mike Peck Department Legislative Chairman

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.

Illinois resolutions were very successful at the national convention. My biggest concern was getting the  Resolution for veteran status for guard/reserve retirees   If passed this resolution would give the guard /reserve retirees who do not have a DD 214 for active duty veteran status and eligibility for admission to the state veterans homes.

With the  exception of a resolution on cemeteries the passed resolutions 

included state Veters homes, school code, Bill of Rights and the tax credit for caregivers.

On July 24 the legion and VFW riders will ride from Dubuque. Iowa with the US Flag being carried from Oregon to Massachusetts. US 20, now Medsl of Honor highway.   A short ceremony will be conducted in Galena at President Grants  home.

In lake county we are still pushing our petition to have the lake county board transfer 4.7 acres back to the Sheridan national cemetery 

The Forest Preserve received 250 acres from the  Army. But  Board has insisted that the VA look at other DoD property.But this is the  property we want as it is continguous to the main cemetery. By transferring the 4.7 acres to the VA the county will no longer have to take care of maintenance for the site.

The vote on the transfer will be in September and we urge all veterans to be present for the vote.

The Legislative committee is currently working with the Sangamon County VAC on location for a new CBOC in Springfield. No details are available yet but a resolution is being produced and when passed will be sent to representative Miller To introduce a bill into the house.

The legislative Committee is working closely with the Cook County VAC in its reorganization efforts and is urging all VFW post to participate with assigned delegate for the post to report back to the post on the VAC activities.

With the passage of our bill giving the surviving spouses  with DIC , we need to get the word out.

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

Assistant Chairmen Department Legislative Committee

Jay Davis

Dutch DeGroot

Jay Hoffman