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Vietnam vets from Chicago region to be honored Oct. 6 in Wheaton

Event to feature keynote by Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch

To hear the “thank you” many of them may have never received decades ago, nearly 50 veterans from throughout the Chicago region will travel to Cantigny Park and Military Museum in Wheaton on Saturday, October 6. As our nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, these veterans from DuPage, Cook and Lake counties – and throughout the Chicago region – will be honored in front of their families and friends during a special ceremony from 1-3 p.m. at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.

This event is hosted by JourneyCare – a nonprofit healthcare agency that cares for those with serious illness – and the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Allen J. Lynch, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, will deliver the keynote address. JourneyCare volunteer and military veteran Rob Carlson of Hawthorn Woods will serve as master of ceremonies.

This special ceremony will individually honor those in military service in any location between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. The event is part of JourneyCare’s commitment to serve veterans both in its healthcare programs and in the community at-large through its We Honor Veterans program.

“Our We Honor Veterans program not only provides specialized services to veterans who are facing a serious illness, such as accessing benefits or specialized care for post-traumatic stress syndrome. We also seek to honor veterans in our communities at every stage of life,” says Linda Rockwell, JourneyCare Veterans Program Manager.

Local veterans being honored will also hear from speakers that include Wheaton Mayor Michael J. Gresk, Illinois 42nd District Rep. Jeanne Ives – who is a U.S. Army veteran – and Elisabeth Pennix, Chief Legal Counsel for Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Representatives of the news media will have ample opportunities to photograph/videotape the presentation, interview the speakers, honorees and JourneyCare staff and volunteers. More information is available by contacting JourneyCare Communications Specialist, Elisabeth Mistretta, at 773-218-5887 or at emistretta@journeycare.org.