The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs is accepting applications for the Patriot Awards and the Parade for Veterans' Day at the Illinois State Fair. We are looking to acknowledge a veteran and a small-business/organization that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help veterans in Illinois. We are doing this with two very special awards.
The Illinois Veterans' Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Award highlights and honor the work of an Illinois veteran whose contributions in service to the veteran community and their local communities are truly above and beyond. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their leadership, dedication, innovation, and impact in serving these communities. Award recipients are those whose efforts add to the powerful narrative that veterans are dedicated, Life-long servants whose efforts benefit all of Illinois veteran communities.
The Illinois Veterans' Business Appreciation Award highlights and honors the work of any business or organization in Illinois that has significantly helped veterans, and whose contributions to those who have served our country are documented and deserve to be recognized. This award is designed to highlight and honor those businesses or organizations
This is a tremendous opportunity to recognize the selfless individuals who have put their lives on the line for this nation and continued to serve when they returned home. Don't let it pass by! Winners will be presented their award August 14, 2016 at the State Fair in Springfield. The application deadline is July 29, 2016. Please click on the following link for the criteria for consideration and the applications. http://www.illinois.gov/veterans/features/Pages/Veteran-and-Business-Appreciation-Award.aspx
Lastly, we are looking for organizations who want to march in the parade that concludes the day at the State Fair on August 14, 2016. This is a great opportunity to show support for the veterans of Illinois and/or show your pride for your own service. If you have interest in participating please fill out the form found here<http://goo.gl/forms/5Gci25PvXEjeOi973> by August 5, 2016. Parade line up will begin at 4:00pm and the parade will kick off at 5:00pm promptly.
Please disseminate this information to anyone you think would be interested. Thank you all for everything you do for those who have given so much.