Top of Illinois Veterans Stand Down Oct. 31 in Rockford

Staff Report

The annual Top of Illinois Veterans Stand Down for area veterans and their immediate families will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, at the UAW Hall, 112 N. Second St., Rockford, instead of the Verdi Club, where it has been held in recent years.

Stand Down is a military term referring to a brief respite from combat. During this Stand Down, assistance will be provided to homeless veterans and veterans needing assistance in the areas of health, counseling, employment and vocational rehabilitation counseling, assistance with VA and Social Security benefits claims, free clothing for men and women including new underwear and socks, as well as “new to you” jackets, coats, sweaters, pants, suits, suit coats, sport coats, gloves, hats, scarves, sweatpants and shirts, shoes and boots.

Registered veterans will also receive a toiletry kit filled with assorted toiletries. Dental and hair professionals will provide free services.

The Winnebago County Health Department will be offering free blood pressure checks, flu shots, glucose checks and HIV screening. Veterans Assistance from Winnebago and Boone counties and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be offering counseling.

Many dedicated local service providers, volunteers, military service organizations, community-based organizations and representatives from city, county, state and federal agencies will be available to assist our nation’s veterans.

Coffee and a professionally prepared hot meal will be served at noon.

All veterans and their immediate families are invited to attend this free event. Veterans are required to bring proof of their military service, preferably with their DD214, VA I.D. card or other proof of your service to receive Veterans only services.

Veterans ride free on RMTD Oct. 31

Rockford-area veterans with valid service identification will be able to enjoy a free ride on Rockford Mass Transit Friday, Oct. 31, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. This free ride for veterans program is being done in conjunction with the 2014 Top of Illinois Stand Down for Veterans sponsored in part by State Rep. Litesa Wallace’s, D-Rockford, office.

The Stand Down for Veterans is being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UAW Hall, 112 N. Second St., Rockford. During that time, various community organizations will be offering services such as medical treatment, employment consultation, Vet Center/VA Help, clothing distribution and hair cuts in an effort to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veterans. RMTD will be showing their appreciation by offering free rides for veterans from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is RMTD’s hope that the free rides will eliminate any transportation barriers and enable every veteran to participate in this event.

The UAW Hall is directly accessible via several RMTD routes including No. 11 East State Street, No. 12 Charles Street and the outbound No. 14 Seventh St. route. However, all routes are free to veterans with appropriate service ID that day. Veterans using the RMTD system that day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. need only board the bus and present their military ID cards to the driver.

For more information, call RMTD at (815) 961-9000.

Posted Oct. 29, 2014

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