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Will County Veterans Commission to get expanded dental program, transportation for disabled vets under budget supported by Bertino-Tarrant

jbt 041118 2PLAINFIELD – Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County will soon receive $130,000, thanks to State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) helped fight for this crucial community organization to receive additional funding for dental services and a vehicle furnished with a lift to increase mobility for disabled veterans in need of transportation services.

“I believe it’s fitting to prioritize the veterans who took care of us,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County is providing our community with exceptional service. This funding will help them expand services and take even better care of our servicemen and servicewomen.”

The Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County’s mission strives to protect, promote and provide services to Veterans as honorably and selflessly as possible.

“Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is a huge supporter of veteran’s in Will County,” Kristi McNichol, Superintendent of Will County Veterans Assistance Commission said. “Each year she hosts a veterans’ appreciation breakfast, so we were not surprised when she thought of continuing to support our veterans with capital improvement funds. We have been in need of a van with a wheelchair lift and her phone call was the answer to many of our senior and disabled veterans’ prayers.”  

According to Barry Kolanowski, Executive Director SR Service Center of Will CO, the senior population in Will County will exceed 100,000 in 2020 and this funding will help the organization meet the senior veterans’ transportation needs as well as the county’s disabled veteran population.

“Dental care in general is important for preventative maintenance for overall healthcare” McNichol said. “One of the missions of the VAC is to prevent a crisis, from healthcare to housing. We are extremely grateful for the Senator taking the veterans of Will County’s needs into consideration when requesting additional funding from Springfield.”

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education (Chairperson); Insurance; Labor; Licensed Activities (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital.

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.

Associated Representatives:
Mark Batinick
Natalie A. Manley