SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner today joined Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Assistant Director Harry Sawyer at the Illinois State Military Museum to encourage Illinoisans to participate in a new statewide program to thank service men and women, veterans and their families.
The program, called Serving Those Who Served, will run through November and asks Illinoisans to participate in volunteer service projects focused on benefiting veterans. This is the first year for this program and it is planned to become an annual event.
“The Serving Those Who Served program is a call to action,” Rauner said. “We’re asking for residents from across the state to come together and volunteer their time and energy on service projects to thank veterans and their families for their willingness to defend us. This is an opportunity to not only honor these men and women, but also give back to those who have given so much.”
“You, your family, friends, church, civic club, scout troop, neighbors could be a big help to a group of men and women who could use your volunteer assistance,” Sawyer said. “Whether it’s painting, helping with an event or other activities, your volunteer time will make a big difference.”
Veteran organizations can register a project for volunteers to assist with throughout November. Illinoisans can look for a project in their area and sign up to volunteer for that project. To register a project or to volunteer for a veteran project, go to illinois.gov/veterans and click on “Serving Those Who Served.” Follow the prompts on the page and you will be registered either with a project for your veteran’s organization or to volunteer and help with that project.