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Vetrans Assistance Commission.

 Andrew Tangen - Superintendent
20 South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue - Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone 847-377-3344 - FAX 847-984-5750

E-Mail veterans@lakecountyil.gov

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New Veterans Center

Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman and Veterans Assistance Commission President Norm Arnswald officially opened the new Veterans Center of Lake County on Monday March 19 at 1 p.m. Medal of Honor recipient and Gurnee resident Al Lynch also attended the event. The center is co-located with the Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) at 20 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan.

The center features an internet café for veterans and their families to check Veterans Assistance (VA) claim status and health care records, and receive one-on-on assistance from VAC employees, as needed. Also, by enhancing the ability for veterans to access records, such as proof of service, medical records showing an injury or illness in service, and records showing the current disability as a result of military service, the VAC can then submit all of the required documentation with the claim, which significantly reduces the amount of time for that claim to be processed by the VA.


"Veterans often say that only another veteran understands what I'm going through,"
VAC President Arnswald said.
"Often, veterans feel lost and don't know where to go for help. The VAC of Lake County provides valuable assistance that can help them through this challenging process. Not only does the center give veterans a comfortable and informal atmosphere to talk with other vets, it gives them access to tools and information that they need."


In addition, veterans will be able to learn about other available services and programs, including: peer-to-peer counseling through the Lake - McHenry Veterans Family Services), Veterans Treatment Court, the Emergency Assistance program, the Dental Treatment Program, and the American Legion Family Assistance Program, as well as other assistance programs.

Nick Konz, VAC Vice-President, said

"There is nothing more frustrating for a veteran or a widow to have to go to multiple locations for assistance. Our goal is to have a one-stop-shop for veterans to meet all their needs. This is the first step. We hope to eventually be able to move to a site closer to the Lovell Federal Health Care Center."

The center is funded by the VAC Not-For-Profit Corporation which receives donations through the 42 Lake County veteran service organizations. The VAC has also applied for private grant funding that would be used to expand the center, and possibly relocate.

The Veterans Center lounge area includes cable TV, which was donated by Comcast. The furniture was donated by Love, Inc. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those wishing assistance in filing claims, or looking for financial assistance will need to make an appointment by calling 847-377-3344.

The VAC of Lake County is accreditated and certified by the VA General Counsel to assist veterans in the preparation of their VA claims. The VAC can also assist with health care eligability and provide transportation for medical appointments to and from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. For more information, call 224-610-2961

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Honor Flight Chicago

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Honor Flight is a non-profit organization to honor and thank our veterans. You will fly from Chicago Midway to Washington Dulles. Upon arrival in Washington, you will be escorted to a tour bus and go to the WWII Memorial. You will then travel Viet Nam and Iwo Jima Memorials. After that, you will head back to the airport for the return trip back. Flights fill up fast, so you will need to go onto the website to sign up and be put on a waiting list. For more information, you can contact Honor Flight Chicago at 773-227-8387, or you can visit the website directly at


Please note, when you fill out the application online, you must either mail it or fax it. You can not fill it out on the computer and send it in.

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