Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Board of Commissioners will honor the Silver Star Families of America at the Cook County Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018. This event was initiated in 2008 to recognize the service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or became ill while serving in a war zone.
Cook County Veterans Affairs would like to invite those Cook County veterans or service members that qualify to participate in the 2018 Silver Star Banner Program. Applicants should complete the attached (fillable) Silver Star Service Banner request form and include a short biography with details regarding their injury and the war zone in which it occurred. The request form must be signed and returned to our office no later than Tuesday, May 11th, 2018.
Cook County Veterans Affairs will forward all requests to the Silver Star Families of America Organization. To apply, service members must meet the following requirements: Any Armed Forces personnel either currently serving honorably or those who have served honorably from ANY war, who having served in a war zone, has been wounded by enemy action or who have been injured or contracted a serious illness that could be rated at least 10 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. All wounds, injuries or illnesses must have originated in a war zone, including: Purple Heart recipients, victims of friendly fire, injured in a war zone, and those who suffer from PTS, TBI, Agent Orange Effects and Gulf War Syndrome.
Cook County Veterans Affairs is coordinating its efforts through various veteran services organizations and local governments. We look forward to the participation of qualified veterans at the Silver Star Service Banner Program. Please note those who cannot attend may still request a banner through the Silver Star Families of America.
We will call each applicant to confirm their participation with the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs for the Silver Star program. Original photos submitted for use will be returned so please make sure the applicant’s name is on all pictures that are submitted.