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Illinois sponsors week-long program to serve and honor veterans

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in partnership with Serve Illinois, announced on Monday, Nov. 1, the 2021 Serving Those Who Served program, a week of service projects created to thank service men and women, veterans, and their families across the state.

Activities will begin Nov. 4 and end on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The program includes projects such as painting, landscaping, event planning and execution, and writing thank you notes to service men and women and veterans in the Anna, Chicago, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy veterans’ homes. Serving Those Who Served recruits volunteers for its own projects as well . . .

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