Programs & Services for Veterans

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Chicago Park District & Veterans and Active Military: Serving those who have served.

In the spirit of “serving those who have served,” the Chicago Park District offers new, free sports and arts programs specifically for U.S. veterans and active military personnel, as well as a series of veteran’s resource fairs, this fall and winter at select citywide fieldhouses.

In addition to the new programs, all programs offered by the Chicago Park District are free for active military personnel. Immediate family members receive a 10% discount on program fees. Learn more.

For more information, suggestions or comments about Veterans programs, contact Maribel Mejia of the Chicago Park District at 312.745.2062 or maribel.mejia@chicagoparkdistrict.com



Dancing with the Vets!
For U.S. military veterans! Three dance competitions for military couples to participate in to be invited to a grand This event is in partnership with Veterans Upward Bound. One participant per couple must ghave a DD214 or other military vertification to be eligible. To submit proof of service call Michelle Smith at 312-462-7533. Free! For ages 18 & up.

Dancing with the Vets at Sherman Park
Saturday, September 17, 11AM-3PM
Sherman Park, 1301 W. 52nd St. Chicago IL 60609, 312.747.6672
REGISTER NOW

Dancing with the Vets at Columbus Refectory
Saturday, October 15, 11AM-3PM
Columbus Park, 500 S. Central Ave., Chicago IL 60644, 773.287.7641
REGISTER NOW
 

CITY OF CHICAGO 
CHICAGO OFFICE OF VETERAN AFFAIRS



The City of Chicago's Veterans Resource Office is a one stop clearing house designed to provide assistance for better living and health services to veterans of the United States armed forces and their surviving spouses. Visit the website here.

VETERAN OF THE MONTH

 Robert Gonzalez

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Robert Gonzalez is the Chicago Park District veteran of the month.  Learn more about Robert.

 

Veterans of the month:


EVENTS



2016 Valor Games Midwest
The Valor Games Midwest is an introductory adaptive sports competition for veterans and service members with physical and visual disabilities.

Hosted by the Chicago Park District, the 2016 event will take place August 23-24 and is open to any individual with a disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs including amputation, spinal cord injuries, visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, permanent orthopedic injuries, and those with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Valor Games Midwest will only be open to residents from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Register HERE

For more information email Maribel Mejia at maribel.mejia@chicagoparkdistrict.com

 

World Sport Chicago helps wounded veterans stay active with the Valor Games Midwest, 
a competion designed for wounded veterans.


Our Maribel Meija was interviewed on NBC 5, watch the clip here.

 

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Veterans Resource Fair 

Left to right:
Will Schmutz, Director, Counsel of   Veteran Affairs;
John Daley, Cook County Board of   Commissioners;
Modie Lavin, Program Facilitator for Veterans, Chicago Park District;
Joe Bazil, Outreach Coordinator, Jesse Brown VA; 
Corey Parr (back row). Program Facilitator, Chicago Park District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


IN THE NEWS
 

The Chicago Park District offers a discount to military families (Oct. 2014)
Valor Games Midwest on CBS Radio Chicago (Aug. 2014)
Veterans programs on Chicago @ Play TV show (Feb. 2014)
Modie Lavin Receives Certificate of Appreciation from Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago (Aug. 2014) - see below

 

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago awards Modie Lavin with certificate of appreciation for her commitment and dedication to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and the Veterans serverd. Congratulations Modie!
 

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Left to right:
Erin Rule-Miller, Manager of Recreation Therapy & Wellness, Jesse Brown VA;
Modie Lavin, Chicago Park District;
Joe Bazil, Director of Outreach, Jesse Brown VA;
Valerie Creedon, Director of OEF/OIF (Afghanistan and Iraq) veterans, Jesse Brown VA