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Veterans Benefit Fair at Cantigny Park on September 29

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WHEATON, IL,— The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park will hold the 3rd Annual Veterans Benefit Fair on Sat., September 29, at 9AM.

In recent years, veteran benefits and services have changed in many ways. Some veterans may not be fully aware of the wide range of benefits they have earned. The Veterans Benefit Fair will offer information and assistance to all veterans, serving as a valuable one-stop resource.

Veterans are encouraged to bring copies of their DD214 form or other relevant documents to have benefits instituted, upgraded or reviewed on the spot. Veterans Affairs representatives will be on site to answer questions and provide solutions.

In addition, the fair will include presentations by:

• Jan C. Scruggs / Founder and President, Vietnam Veterans Memorial / Topic: Creation of the Memorial in Washington, D.C., dedicated in 1982, and current efforts to build an Education Center at The Wall. The Vietnam Traveling Wall (“The Wall That Heals”) will be on site at the fair.

• Marcea A. Weiss / Author of Leaving the Military / Topic: “Top 5 Steps to Prepare for Corporate America”

• Joan Ryan / Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs / Topics: The GI Bill, state benefits and Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

• Illinois Department of Employment and the American Legion Department of Illinois / Topics: Translating military skills to civilian skills, tips for successful interviews and creating an effective resume.

Former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth will speak at a brief closing ceremony beginning at 6PM.

During the day, 17 colleges and universities will offer information on veteran benefits in their academic programs, and more than 20 veteran assistance organizations will have informational displays.

More information about the Veterans Benefit Fair is available online at FirstDivisionMuseum.org.

 

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