There's a sweet event going down today at Soldier Field for all veterans and their families. If you qualify, go on down and check it out. Our friends over at Orman Music Media Group booked the entertainment. One of our best family friends is a Marine who just turned 90.
He still spends his time hand carving canes for injured soldiers. We have the utmost respect for those who have fought to preserve our freedom.
The mission of the Illinois Warrior Summit is to assist veterans and service members with obtaining information about benefits, employment, education, housing and legal services. The Illinois Warrior Summit promotes positive community relations and presents veterans with many opportunities for future goals. This one of a kind event also advocates networking between different organizations which improves business to business relations; enhancing the quality of veteran support services, and in turn, helping thousands of veterans.
The Illinois Warrior Summit and Welcome Home Celebration attracted nearly 4000 people last year, 2500 of them were veterans. The Chicago Park District supports the use of Soldier Field to host the event and expands its offerings to help veterans and family with their future goals.
Additionally, World Sport Chicago is providing a free opportunity for 150 injured, ill and wounded veterans to compete in sporting event competitions called, the Midwest Valor Games. Veterans will have an opportunity to compete and stay at the Hilton Downtown Chicago for three (3) days during the competitions.
*FREE CONCERT, BENEFIT & RESOURCE Fair at Soldier Field for 10,000 veterans and family
*FREE FOOD & REFRESHMENTS for the first 5,000 attendees
*FREE PARKING-1500 SPOTS for veterans and family - Soldier Field - South Waldron Parking Deck
*FREE 4000 Sport ticket vouchers for veterans to Chicago SLAUGHTER Games
*FREE 2000 Sport tickets for veterans to Chicago WHITE SOX Games Sept 10th & 11th
*FREE 500 Sport tickets for veterans to Chicago CUBS Game on Sept 5th
*FREE T-Shirts for first 2000 veterans (1 per veteran)
*FREE Midwest Valor Game competitions for 150 injured veterans from Midwest Region
*FREE $100 book scholarships given to student veterans (Raffled Off)
*FREE KID'S ENTERTAINMENT with JUMBO Moon Bounce, Climbing Rock Wall, Obstacle Course, Giant Slide,Pitch Burst Dunk Tank and Sporting Event Competitions
*Opening Ceremony with Color Guard Presentation
*National Anthem Performance by Jacqui Horton
*Remembrance Table presentation by Gerald Paulsen
*Chicago Police Department Pipes & Drums Performance
*The World Performance Team will perform
*Military Taps Performance by Bugles Across America-Tom Day
*VA providing ON SITE physicals, eye exams and registration for health care
*IDES providing ON SITE registration for unemployment benefits
*100 Non-Profits Providing FREE services and programs for veterans
*60 Employers Providing job opportunities
*50 VA Program/Services stations Providing assistance to veterans
*20 Universities/Colleges providing educational opportunities
*SPECIAL APPEARANCE from the 12th SMA (Ret.) Jack Tilley
*SPECIAL APPEARANCE from our very own 85' Chicago Bears player, Jim McMahon
*SPECIAL RANGER GROUP Sky Dive Performance- 12:30PM & 5:55PM (DON'T MISS IT!!!)
*SPECIAL DISPLAY of the National Guard Indy Car
*SPECIAL 105mm HOWITZER GUN Tribute from the IL National Guard(There will be a SPECIAL RAFFLE going around TO PULL THE CORD)
*SPECIAL CONCERT PERFORMANCES by current members of the band Boston/Color Three, Blues Brothers, Rockie Lynne, Wayne Baker Brooks w/ Sugar Blue, Joey Glenn, Gabriel's Last Breath, Open to Suggestions, Work Out Music, Exo Skeleton, Joan Collaso, Voice of Veterans
This event will help bridge the gap between veterans and their benefits, employment opportunities, educational dreams, housing options, legal services and future goals. Please help forward this pertinent information to veterans, family and friends.
Thank you for your support!!!