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Department of Veterans' Affairs Launches ‘Operation Rising Spirit'

Press Release - Tuesday, May 26, 2020

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) today launched "Operation Rising Spirit," a campaign challenging service organizations, volunteers, and patriots of Illinois to raise the spirits of military veterans and the heroic staff who care for them every day at state veterans' homes in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy, Illinois.

Illinois veterans' homes were directed to restrict visitation as part of the staunch measures implemented to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. And every day, staff at the homes enter the frontlines to safeguard our veterans' safety and wellbeing.

"Uplifting messages and displays of support from the community will help boost the morale of veterans and staff during this unprecedented time," said IDVA Director Linda Chapa LaVia. "Cards, emails, signs outside the homes, and video messages are encouraged, but I also challenge everybody to think creatively about what they can do to support veterans and staff."

Families, friends, veteran service organizations, volunteers, local community members, and patriotic Illinoisans across the state are all encouraged to participate in Operation Rising Spirit. Cards, emails, and video messages can be sent directly to the homes at the addresses below, and socially distant on-site activities can be coordinated with the staff at each home below.


Illinois Veterans' Home at Anna
792 N. Main Street, Anna, Illinois 62906
C/O: Anthony Barnett
Anthony.Barnett2@illinois.gov

Illinois Veterans' Home at LaSalle
1015 O'Conor Avenue, LaSalle, Illinois 61301
C/O: Susan Scully
Susan.Scully@illinois.gov

Illinois Veterans' Home at Manteno
1 Veterans Drive, Manteno, Illinois 60950
C/O: Dave Pedersen
David.W.Pedersen@illinois.gov

Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy
1707 N. 12th Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301
C/O: Sara Colgrove
Sara.Colgrove@illinois.gov

Prince Home at Manteno
1 Veterans Drive, Manteno, Illinois 60950
C/O Wali Lewis
Wali.Lewis2@illinois.gov


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The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs provides high quality, skilled care at four veterans' homes in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy, Illinois, and housing and supportive services for homeless veterans at the Prince home at Manteno. The department's Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) typically assist more than 1,000 veterans per week in obtaining federal, local, and state veterans' benefits. Although physical offices are temporarily closed, VSOs are still available remotely at emails and phone numbers in this list: https://www2.illinois.gov/veterans/Documents/FIELD%20PHONES.pdf

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