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Randolph County Herald Tribune - Chester, IL
  • Senate votes to hire more veterans service officers

  • The Illinois Senate passed legislation Thursday to hire more veterans service officers in the state.


     

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  • The Illinois Senate passed legislation Thursday to hire more veterans service officers in the state.

    Senate Bill 82 would authorize $3.2 million in state funds for veterans organizations to hire service officers. It was sponsored by Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago.

    Service officers help veterans apply for benefits such as Veterans Administration medical care. They work through organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    The VFW has a backlog of 1,400 cases just in Chicago, an officer of that organization said several weeks ago.

    With Thursday’s 43-0 vote, the bill has now passed both legislative chambers and goes to the governor for his signature.

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