Logan County Economic Development Partnership offers endorsement for Veterans Assistant Commission

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[February 06, 2016]  LINCOLN - A Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) has recently been formed to serve and assist the 2,500 veterans and their families of Logan County.

The Military Assistance Act, which dates back to the 1870s, calls for each county to establish a VAC. Many Illinois counties have VACs which have been in operation for decades.

A proposition for official recognition of the Logan County Veterans Assistance Commission will come before the Logan County Board in February. A separate proposition to establish funding for the Commission will appear on the March 15 ballot.

The Logan County VAC will be comprised of a Delegate and an Alternate from each Veteran Post in Logan County.

The VAC will offer a variety of services to honorably discharged veterans, such as providing assistance with claims, distributing information regarding benefits that a veteran may be entitled to, and providing transportation assistance to VA medical appointments.

In addition, the VAC may offer limited emergency financial assistance under qualified circumstances. The VAC will be working closely with all County agencies to assist a veteran or family member and provide information in such areas as job training, apprenticeship programs and work study programs, and financial planning.

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The Veteran Assistance Commission was recently recognized by the Logan County Economic Development Partnership whose Board passed a resolution endorsing the creation of the VAC.

“The endorsement of the LCEDP is another testament that our veterans are appreciated and that Logan County is a veteran-friendly county,” said veteran Joe Schaler who is coordinating the VAC start up effort.

[Joe Schaler]

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