Department of Veterans Affairs

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Final construction work on the long-awaited Chicago Veterans Home is on schedule, and a state official says the facility will be fully operational by next summer.

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Illinois veterans interested in learning more about Veterans Administration care options are encouraged to call the V.A. Illiana Health Care System this afternoon. The V.A. is hosting a special phone-a-thon between 2 p.m and 6 p.m to assist veterans who are not currently receiving care, including those who don’t believe they are eligible because they haven’t served in a combat zone. Interested veterans should call 217-554-3379 this afternoon for expert assessment.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A Medal of Honor recipient will give the keynote speech at this year's Illinois State Fair Veterans and Gold Star Family Day.