by Angie Clarke - Dallas, Texas
The Clinton County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #269 works tirelessly to support local veterans and benefit the people of our community as a whole. The chapter is composed of 155 members, ranging in age from 60 to 76, representing all of Clinton County as well as surrounding counties of Madison, St. Clair and Bond.
Originally started in 1986, the chapter has been in continuous operation for over 25 years. The group’s motto, "We were here yesterday, we are here today, and we will be here tomorrow,” conveys their legacy of dedication, service and honor.
You may have seen the veterans marching in green jungle fatigues and riding proudly in parades in remembrance and celebration of our U.S. Armed Forces past and present. They are common figures here in the region and also have traveled to events as far away as Chicago and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to represent Vietnam veterans. While parades are an important honorary community activity, many people may not realize their ongoing work to improve lives of those around us that is just as meaningful.
Above all, the group's top priority is to support the VVA chapter members, providing help with veteran benefits issues and any other individual needs. The chapter also aids other local veterans in many ways such as assisting disabled veterans with equipment issues or whatever their needs may be.
Helping the Veterans Administration (VA) to entertain disabled veterans is another way that the chapter supports fellow veterans, and they also assist other Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) through activities such as providing necessities for veterans who are homeless and those suffering from drug or alcohol abuse.
Germantown dealership to invest $3.5 million with new and improved facility to be built at 7801 State Route 161
Chevrolet customers will soon discover how a more welcoming atmosphere will enhance the experience of buying a new/pre-owned vehicle or servicing a vehicle at Jansen Chevrolet in Germantown.
“The new facility located at 7801 State Route 161 will provide area consumers a higher standard of customer convenience and service satisfaction,” said Mike Jansen. “In addition, this will give our facility a more inviting and refreshed look that they expect from a Chevy dealership.”
The differences to the new Jansen Chevrolet dealership will be immediately apparent, including an inviting exterior facade with updated signage; a bright showroom featuring a customer greeting station, and comfortable customer lounge offering free Wi-Fi Internet access, expanded kids play area, refreshment station and much more.
Jansen estimates that the new facility will add up to six more new jobs at the dealership, and over 100 new construction jobs to this area.
Construction will begin soon, possibly before April 15 with an approximate completion date set for the end of this year.
Special Olympics athletes, leaders and family members from 39 states, including Illinois, converged on Capitol Hill on March 18 for Special Olympics’ 12th annual “Capitol Hill Day.” Throughout the day, Special Olympics athletes held more than 250 face-to-face meetings with their Congressional representatives to advocate for continued federal support for critical health and education services provided by Special Olympics that transcend the playing field and transform classrooms, communities and lives.
Special Olympics self-advocates educated lawmakers and their staffs about the significant consequences that arise from the stigma and stereotypes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face and how that impacts their lives in the areas of health care, education and more. They were able to effectively convey the high-impact and cost-effectiveness of Special Olympics’ programming that addresses these issues, securing support from numerous bipartisan legislators.
Participating in this year’s Capitol Hill Day was Special Olympics Illinois athlete Alex Huegen, 14, of Bartelso, his mother Crystalyn, and Special Olympics Illinois president & CEO Dave Breen. The Illinois delegation met with U.S. Reps. Mike Bost (District 12) and John Shimkus (District 15), along with legislative aides for Tammy Duckworth (District 8) and Bill Foster (District 11).
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