The Veterans Assisstance Commission of Cook County will host a Veterans Resource Fair offering everything from housing assistance and health screenings to free haircuts. The event will take place in the Auditorium of the Juvenile Detention Center, 1100 S Hamilton, Chicago, from 9 am to 2 pm.
Nearly 30 agencies, organizations and government offices will provide a wide variety of aid and support to veterans. Veterans can learn about job opportunities, housing, rental and utility assistance, educational opportunities, legal assistance and food stamps. Employment organizations include America Works, National Able Network, Chicagoland Regional College Program, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Other participants include a suicide prevention coordinator from Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and an OEF/OIF representative to help vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Secretary of State’s office will provide state IDs for homeless veterans with a completed Homeless Status Certification Form; the County Clerk’s office will assist with the expungement process, while the SAFER Foundation will help ex-offenders. The Illinois Treasurer’s Office will have an I-Cash table available to help veterans determine if the state is holding any money or unclaimed property entitled to them.
The Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County provides immediate assistance for honorably discharged veterans of Cook County who qualify under income guidelines. For more information about the Resource Fair or the VAC, call Julia Paxton-Coleman at (312) 433-6010.