Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – We are writing to invite you to collaborate to bring attention to work being done to protect veteran and service members from abusive financial practices.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created following the financial crisis of 2008 in order to defend the American public against mistreatment from financial service companies. We recently released a report demonstrating how active duty service members and military veterans are often victims of abusive and predatory financial products, and how the CFPB has made strides over the past 6 years to protect them. We partnered with Senator Duckworth, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Military Family Association, Student Veterans of America, and more, in releasing the report.
Unfortunately, there are efforts underway in Congress to weaken and undermine the CFPB and its ability to protect consumers. Critical to our campaign to defend the CFPB is bringing more public attention to it and its work - as we know the public strongly supports the CFPB when educated about the work it does.
We have interest from a Chicago Television news producer in doing a story about our report, but we need a personal story from a service member of veteran to help tell the story. So, we are looking for a veteran or current service member who has had some challenge with a bad practice from a financial services company that would be willing to go on camera and share their story.
Let’s go to the ball game. - The Chicago White Sox again have generously offered one free ticket to the majority of Sox Home Games this year. Veterans/Reservists/National Guard and Active Duty Soldiers and Sailors may participate by coming to a designated Cook County Recorder of Deeds office and obtaining a Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card and presenting such card at Guaranteed Rate Park Ticket Office (Gate 4 Only).
Card recipients are also eligible for discounts at over 200 different merchants across Cook County.
Brian M. Cross, Veteran Services Office, Cook County Recorder of Deeds, 118 N. Clark St. - Suite 230
Notice of Expulsion - The Department Executive Committee heard the recommendation of the DEC Sub-committee that considered Sylvester J. Hendricks’ appeal of the actions taken by Post 2091 and the 3rd District. The Department Executive Committee upheld the actions taken by Post 2091 of expelling Mr. Hendricks from the Post and the 3rd District action of expelling him from The American Legion. The approval of the Department Executive Committee shall be final and conclusive.
Did you serve at Camp Lejeune sometime between 1953 - 1987? It was found that the water source at the base was contaminated with industrial solvents that are linked with certain health conditions. Based on the Veterans Administration review of current medical science findings, VA Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of a presumption of service connection for the folling conditoin: Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma Scleroderma, Parkinson's Disease or Aplastic Anemia/Myelodysplastic Sydromes [more info]
American Legion's Dispatch - Agent Orande VA benefits expanded - The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some VA benefits for Air Force veterans and Air Force reserve veterans who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).
Roosevelt University partners with the Department of Education to develop “Veterans Upward Bound” program. In order to find success in today’s society, many veterans are required to enhance their skills. As a result, further education is often the key to starting a second career. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a free-of-charge program (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) that helps veterans, who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, to prepare for enrollment at the college of their choice.
Cook County Military & Veterans Discount Program is announced. We are writing to inform you about an exciting new program being rolled out by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs. After Veterans Day, November 11th 2014, we will begin issuing the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card. Our goal is create a network of businesses throughout Cook County that offer discounts and incentives to active duty military and veterans, and encourage businesses to offer these discounts year-round.