LCVFSF and Abbvie Send 156 Care Packages!

on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Posted in News


LCVFSF staff members Bob Gorman, Mike Maguire, and Ron Bruner stand with their finished 2018 Care Package shipment.

A combined work team of Abbvie employees and LCVFSF staffers packed 156 Care Packages on November 30 at Abbvie’s Lake Forest campus. The packages were mailed to military men and women stationed in locations far away from their homes. The Care Package project for LCVFSF is in its third year. This is the first year our partner Abbvie participated

Each package contained goodies from home, everything from Takis to double A batteries to shavers to small board games. They even included garlands, Santa hats, and handwritten greetings from donors and grade school students, just in time for the holiday season.

Your Benefits: Active Guard Reserve

on Sunday, 09 December 2018.

National Guard and Reserve members with active service may qualify for a variety of VA benefits. Active service includes:

Active duty (Title 10) - full-time duty, such as, but not limited to, a unit deployment during war, including travel to and from such duty, OR

Full-time National Guard duty (Title 32) - full-time duty, such as responding to a national emergency or duties as an Active Guard Reserve, where you receive pay from the Federal government

Families Need More Than A Thanks

on Friday, 23 November 2018. Posted in News

FILE PHOTO -- Senior Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate Christopher Perry spends time with his family aboard the USS Freedom (LCS 1) before his departure on a deployment, March 1. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin)

Senior Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate Christopher Perry spends time with his family aboard the USS Freedom (LCS 1) before his departure on a deployment.

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month: a time to honor and reflect on the sacrifice and service of our military and their families.

But November is more than just a month filled with discounts and freebies for those who have served -- it's the time we, as a nation, owe our military an honest look at their challenges and needs.

As we enter our 18th year of war, military families are faced with new obstacles.

Some are experiencing intolerable threats to their health and wellbeing due to unsafe conditions in military housing. All are facing a season of sweeping transformation in our complex health care system, even as we become more aware of the dire need for reliable health care, including access to mental and behavioral health care for military families.

And all deserve better.

Legal Advice Line Available from Prairie State Legal

on Thursday, 11 January 2018.

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Prairie State Legal Services is pleased to launch its telephone legal advice line for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault who live in the counties served by PSLS**

The Legal Advice Line is open:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
9am to 1pm
Wednesday Evenings
6 p.m. to 8 pm

Victims Legal Advice Line
844/388-7757 (toll free)

We provide bilingual staff or interpreters for limited English proficient callers.

Dealing with Stresses of the Holiday Season

on Thursday, 22 November 2018.

Please review the list and consider sharing these articles with those who may greatly benefit from these additional resources - you never know what type of support someone may be looking for on a given day. By expanding the resources we offer on our site, we are more likely to satisfy this need.

A New Way to Help Veterans: Donate Your Vehicle

on Wednesday, 05 December 2018.

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Supporters of LCVFSF have been generous with donations of time and money. Now there’s another way. If you own a car, motorcycle, ATV or other motorized vehicle, you can donate it to our Foundation. We get the funds. You get whatever tax deduction your donation earns.  In partnership with Auto Parts City of Gurnee, we are happy to offer a new and easy way to make a donation to LCVFSF to help the Veterans of Lake, McHenry and Southern Kenosha counties.

VA Social App Connects Veterans

on Monday, 01 October 2018.

Motorcycles – retired Navy – fuel exposures. Sonja Skinner says those are three items she added to her profile on VA DoD Veteran Link, a new social networking app just for Veterans and current service members. The app creates a secure, closed community where users can connect and feel comfortable talking about common interests and life circumstances – including any health concerns they may have.

After retiring from the Navy in 2005, Skinner began her second career at VA. Today, she works at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple, Texas, as a My HealtheVet Coordinator, a VA Online Scheduling Manager and a Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Representative. She’s busy, but not too busy to help test new VA technologies and apps. She tested VA DoD Veteran Link this past spring.

Waukegan Cup-A-Joe Debuts

on Friday, 23 November 2018.

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Through the hard work of Dr. Mary Roberson and the Veterans of North Chicago and Waukegan, we are very proud to announce the addition a New Cup-A-Joe at Jesus Name Apostolic Church the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month, from 6-7:30pm.

"We are off to a great start with more that 14 Veterans showing up each get together," said Dr. Roberson, "and it's wonderful to see the great camaraderie re-ignited between the Vets, regardless of branch, era, age, or experience."

Free coffee and snacks are provided.

Need to File a Secondary Claim? File as a DRC

on Monday, 24 September 2018.


Do you have a condition that was directly caused by or has gotten worse because of your service-connected condition? If so, you can file a secondary claim for disability compensation for that condition. If you’re planning to file a secondary claim, make sure you file it as a Decision Ready Claim (DRC). Filing as a DRC means you can get a decision on your claim in 30 days or less.

Work with the Veterans Assistance Commission in Waukegan or with another accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO) to determine if the DRC Program is right for you and your secondary claim. They can then help you gather and submit all relevant and required evidence so your claim is ready for us to make a decision when you submit it.

Don’t have a secondary condition? You can also file these other types of compensation claims through the DRC Program:

  • Direct Service Connection Claims
  • Presumptive Service Connection Claims
  • Increased Disability Claims
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (for surviving spouses)

Learn more about the DRC Program, including eligibility requirements and what medical evidence you need to submit.  Go to: or to find an accredited VSO and get more information before going to the VAC, go to:

Employment and the Holidays

on Friday, 23 November 2018.

Veterans, Don't Quit Job Searching During the Holidays

For veterans traveling home on leave, winter break is a great time to sit down with potential employers.  Most offices aren't completely empty during the holidays, and managers may have more time for informational interviews.

By Peter A. Gudmundsson


"I guess that I will have to take the holidays off."

"It is impossible to conduct a job search during the holidays when no one is working."

How often have you heard one of these comments from someone engaged in a job search? Like so many assumptions about career transitions, this conjecture is unequivocally wrong. The ill-informed conclusion that job search activity is suspended through holidays is based on many factors, chiefly a misunderstanding of the role of networking in career development.