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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Veterans in Touch – Honor Veterans at ’11-11-11′

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This month a day is set aside to honor all Veterans in all branches of the service. That day is November 11. Members of the American Legion and VFW go to the schools in Districts 203 and 204 to participate in ceremonies at the schools.

Veterans05212009_2012 (8)We, as Veterans, are so blessed to live in this community. The City of Naperville and its residents support Veterans and Veterans causes.

As the Veterans Advocate for Naperville Township and the Post Service Officer for American Legion Post 43, I have found a theme that runs through the Veteran community. Many Veterans feel that because they weren’t in combat, they aren’t entitled to Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare and other Veterans benefits through the VA and the State of Illinois.

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That is a myth, fellow Veterans! If you put on the uniform, you took an oath to defend the Constitution up to and including making the ultimate sacrifice for your country.

Another theme that is prevalent is, “Let the veterans who need the healthcare and other benefits get them. I don’t want to take away from them.”

The Veterans Administration budget is based on numbers. If you sign up for VA healthcare you are helping Veterans from all eras. As someone who is in the VA system, I can tell you the healthcare is second to none. Those horror stories you have read or heard about are not the case in the Chicagoland area. You earned these benefits, Veterans. It is not a handout or welfare. Be proud of your service!

If you have any questions or comments, contact me via e-mail at mbarbour@wowway.com or call me at (630) 240-1645.

Editor’s Note: In Naperville, Veterans Day will be remembered during a special public ceremony at 11AM Nov. 11 or “11-11-11” in Veterans Park located on 301 W. Gartner Road.

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Mike Barbour
Mike Barbour
Mike Barbour is a Service Officer, American Legion Post 43, and regular contributor to PN. Also contact him at mbarbour@wowway.com.

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