Special Bulletin
Helping and Hiring Our Hometown Heroes
VRAP Helps Pre-9/11 Veterans
Reminder...Helping & Hiring Our Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes

This Wednesday (May 23rd), the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be hosting a free Helping & Hiring Our Hometown Heroes event on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). 


Marquee employers will join federal, state and local agencies, non-profit organizations in one location to offer numerous employment, training and benefits opportunities.


Participating employers include:

  • CBS Radio
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • U.S. Dept. of State
  • Staples
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Gateway Foundation

Participating service providers include:

  • Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Secretary of State's Office
  • U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs
  • Cook County VAC
  • Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Soldiers Project

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alumni Hall Student Union on NEIU's campus, which is located at 5500 North St. Louis Avenue on Chicago's Northwest Side.


The program is free and open to veterans and their families. Veterans are encouraged to bring their DD214 and resume. 


For more information and future events, please visit the Helping Our Hometown Heroes website.

VRAP Helps Pre-9/11 Vets with Education Benefit

Construction workersSome veterans who are ineligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill now have access to a new educational benefit designed to directly address veteran unemployment: Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). Just last week, the website associated with this program began accepting applications.


Through VRAP, pre-9/11 veterans who are unemployed and 35-60 years old may qualify for 12 months of education and retraining assistance.


The VOW website and accompanying fact sheet provide veterans with full information on VRAP eligibility, as well as on other VOW to Hire Heroes provisions such as tax credits for employers, vocational rehabilitation services, transition assistance program, and U.S. Department of Labor resources.

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