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Senate votes to hire more veterans service officers

updated: 6/28/2007 4:28 PM

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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