2013 Illinois Warrior Summit!

The annual  Illinois Warrior Summit and Welcome Home Celebration is returning to Soldier Field on Monday, August 12th, 2013, from 12 to 5 pm.

Over 250 organizations have collaborated to provide veterans this opportunity to connect regarding benefits, education, employment, housing, legal opportunities, plus many others, for free, in one centralized location.
IDVA representatives will be there to help organizations to learn more about Illinois Joining Forces and to help Illinois veterans to Stand Up and Be Counted.

Additionally, World Sport Chicago is providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity for 200 injured, ill and wounded veterans to compete in sporting event competitions at the Midwest Valor Games; which kicks off August 12, at Soldier Field as well. Between the Midwest Valor Games, the Warrior Summit and the Welcome Home Celebration, this is the largest and most significant veteran event in the Midwest - and it's free!

Gov. Quinn Signs Laws to Support Veterans

Gov. Pat Quinn celebrated the Fourth of July in Arlington Heights by signing a package of three bills that will help Illinois veterans.  Aimed at making military training and experiences count toward civilian employment and licenses in Illinois, the bills will help more members of the military and veterans find employment as police officers, EMTs and commercial vehicle drivers. The laws are also an important recognition of the teamwork, discipline, and mission-focus that military veterans bring to the civilian workplace.

"Thanks to Gov. Quinn's leadership and the efforts by the sponsors of these bills, our Illinois Veterans will have additional access to jobs and opportunities," Erica Borggren, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs said at the bill signing. "Illinois Veterans appreciate these important acts to ease the transition into the civilian workforce." 

House Bill 2563 allows those who have at least two years experience operating a military motor vehicle to bypass the state skills test in applying for a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).  

House Bill 3186 recognizes military training and clinical experience when applying to be an EMT, and waives the application fee for all Illinois State Troopers or members of the Illinois National Guard who volunteer as an EMT in a municipality with a population of 5,000 or fewer. Supported by the State's Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, the new law will help create more EMTs in underserved areas and throughout Illinois. 

Senate Bill 204 - sponsored by State Sen. Muñoz and Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) - makes college degree requirement exemptions for certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Illinois National Guard looking to become Illinois State Police officers. 
HB 2563, HB 3186 and SB 204 are all effective Jan.1, 2014. 

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