Veteran Benefits

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Governor Rod Blagojevich announced three initiatives designed to help Illinois veterans.

Blagojevich says the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will hire 25 service officers to help veterans apply for and receive more federal benefits. He also signed two pieces of legislation to aid veterans.

The first law is effective immediately and requires employers
who had offered a soldier a job when the person was called away for
active duty to give the soldier preference for the job upon
returning.

The other bill goes into effect January First and requires the
Illinois VA to conduct an annual review comparing the benefits
state veterans receive to those in other states.

Recent studies show Illinois veterans receive far lower
disability benefits than their counterparts nationwide.