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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Traveling Help Desk to Assist Veterans at Resource Fair in Aurora

Aug 14, 2017
Press Release
Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission Resource Fair Open to Veterans and Families on Friday, August 18

Campton Hills, IL —U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will bring his Traveling Help Desk to the Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission Resource Fair on Friday, August 18 at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Staff experts will be available to address any issues veterans and their families may have with federal agencies, listen to their concerns and deliver those concerns directly to the Congressman. Staff can give assistance regarding Social Security benefits, Medicare, Veterans Affairs, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, international travel, the Internal Revenue Service and more.

“Our veterans deserve our respect and care, and I look forward to providing assistance to 14th District veterans and their families at this resource fair,” said Rep. Hultgren. “If you’re having trouble with your VA benefits or navigating the confusing federal bureaucracy, I urge you to stop by my Traveling Help Desk to get help.”

The event will feature representatives from Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, the Fox Valley Park District and 40 resource vendors to provide services to veterans. Shortly after the Resource Fair, Hines VA will hold a Town Hall meeting from 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. to inform local veterans about their benefits and services available. Eligible veterans will have the opportunity to enroll in VA health care and obtain the veteran designation on their Illinois driver’s license.

WHAT:                

Veterans Resource Fair and Traveling Help Desk

WHO:                  

Office of Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Veterans and family members
Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Fox Valley Park District
Additional resource vendors

WHEN:                

Friday, August 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT: Resource Fair
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. CT: Hines VA Town Hall Meeting

WHERE:              

Prisco Community Center
150 West Illinois Avenue
Aurora, Illinois 60506

Rep. Hultgren has consistently stood up for veterans in Congress:

  • Since the Veterans Health Administration scandal broke in 2014, he has visited and met with leadership at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, and demanded action for Illinois veterans whose healthcare needs may have been neglected or ignored at VA facilities.
  • He sent a letter to the Secretary of the Veterans Administration, demanding answers on why the VA has still not implemented a key portion of the major VA overhaul, the Veterans Choice Program.
  • He has convened VA representatives in Illinois to meet with local veterans to be held accountable for delays and mismanagement of care.
  • He hosted a veterans forum to discuss best practices regarding the implementation of Veterans Treatment Courts, a structured justice and treatment system tailored to veterans’ needs.
  • He reintroduced the Protecting Veterans Credit Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans’ credit scores and credit reports are not adversely affected by delayed medical payments associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program and other VA Community Care programs.
  • He cosponsored the Veterans Timely Access to Health Care Act to ensure veterans can get access to care within 30 days of original contact with the VA.
  • He has introduced legislation, the Protecting Veterans Credit Act, to protect the credit rating of veterans and prevent them from unnecessary financial hardship due to delayed payments associated with the Veterans Choice Program.
  • He supported House passage of the Hire More Heroes Act, a bill he cosponsored which encourages small businesses to hire veterans by providing relief from the Affordable Care Act’s burdensome employer mandate.
  • He co-sponsored the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, a bill which enables eligible veterans members who served in the territorial seas of Vietnam during the Vietnam War to receive VA health benefits from diseases linked to Agent Orange.

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