WASHINGTON, DC – May 18, 2017 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) has announced that it has sent a shipment of over $175,000 worth of necessities to assist veterans attending the Aurora Veterans Week in the Chicago area.

The Aurora Veterans Week is hosted by the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council (AVAC). Located in Aurora, IL, AVAC was founded in 1998 to address the most pressing issues impacting local veterans. Last year, they instituted the first annual “Vets Week Aurora,” which is an entire week dedicated to raising money for, and increasing awareness of, veterans in need.

This will be the second year DVNF has supported the event, and like last year, DVNF representatives will be on hand to help give out the shipment sent through its Health & Comfort program.

DVNF’s John Paruch speaking at last year’s Aurora Veterans Week event.

Items included in this year’s Health & Comfort shipment include: blankets, Comfort Kits, assorted clothing items, shoes, socks, and other helpful care items like sunscreen and soap.

These items will be given out on Tuesday, May 23rd for the Vet Week Day of Giving. DVNF and other local and national organizations will provide assistance to the veterans attending. DVNF staff members will represent the organization to hand out supplies to veterans and to help in any other way they can.

“This event was incredible last year, and we are so honored that AVAC wanted to work with DVNF again,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “Having an entire week dedicated to recognizing, supporting, and honoring veterans truly brings new meaning to what it means to serve our heroes, and DVNF is humbled to aid veterans in need at this event.”

This year’s Veterans Week will take place from May 20-29th. You can find the full schedule of events, here.

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.