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Vets shouldn’t leave benefits on the table

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how to support our veterans, but there’s been less talk about how veterans can support themselves.

Military families know the value of hard work, and they aren’t looking for a handout. Yet, so many veterans who prepaid for benefits with their military service are now leaving them on the table. As a veteran, I work for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to help my brothers and sisters in arms get their benefits.

If you are a veteran or a veteran’s family member, I’d hate to think you aren’t taking advantage of what you’ve earned. Please visit my office at 716 Sixth Ave. in Rock Falls or contact me at 815-626-2468. You may also go to www.illinois.gov/veterans to find one of our other locations.

If you are worried about taking away from someone you believe deserves the benefit more than you, rest assured: The benefits you receive do not take away from anyone else, nor will anyone else receive anything that takes away from you.

So please accept the gratitude our nation wants to give you. You prepaid for these benefits with your service, now let our grateful nation pay you back.

Note to readers: Brian Butler is a veterans service officer with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

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