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SPRINGFIELD -- As we enter the
holiday season, many veterans throughout Illinois are facing
financial difficulties -- unsure of how they will pay their rent,
mortgage, utility bills or even purchase groceries.
As the Veterans of Foreign Wars tag line suggests -- "No One Does
More for Veterans."
More than 113 years ago, the Veterans of
Foreign Wars of the United States was founded for two purposes -- to
promote legislation directly affecting veterans and to assist
veterans, our military and their families.
As war continues in Afghanistan, multiple deployments affect the
lives of those serving in our armed forces. Many of our nation's
newest combat veterans return home to face eviction notices from
landlords, mortgage foreclosures and shut-off notices from utility
In addition, many of our older veterans face the necessity of
choosing between the need to purchase medicine or groceries.
When called upon, the VFW turns to donations from the public to
help veterans facing a financial crisis. Through the generosity of
local donations, organizations can assist our needy veterans with
their rent, mortgages, utility bills and groceries.
That's where you -- John and Jane Q. Public -- can help.
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VFW posts have funds established to which monetary donations can
be earmarked to assist veterans in need. Those funds are collected
through poppy drives, various fundraisers, and generous individuals
and businesses making monetary donations. In addition, many posts
conduct food drives throughout the holidays to help provide holiday
meals for veterans in their communities needing assistance.
During this holiday season while you are enjoying time with your
family, consider making a donation to your local VFW post to help
those veterans less fortunate in your community.
For information on making donations, contact the VFW post in your
[Text from file received from
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Illinois]