Benedictine reaches out to veterans needing benefit assistance

January 18, 2013


Lisle, Illinois~ Are you a veteran looking for a job, considering going to school on a military grant, taking out a home loan or needing to apply for health care benefits but are having trouble figuring out where to start or how to get through all the paperwork?

Bring your questions, resume and documentation to a special information session "Navigating Veterans' Benefits," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, January 28 at Benedictine University's Krasa Student Center.

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, state and local veterans resource providers and service organizations, benefit enrollment counselors and lenders will be present to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about veterans' benefits such as:

  • Disability and health care coverage
  • Eligibility and entitlement for loans
  • Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Montgomery G.I. Bill and the Illinois Veterans' Grant

Employers will also be in attendance to discuss potential openings and speak with job seekers.

Registration is required. To RSVP, please email partnershipevents@ben.edu.

By holding the information session, the University aims to provide area men and women of the armed forces with an opportunity to network and find the answers they need to access their full range of benefits.

Filing for military benefits can be complicated, and proper guidance can be very helpful. Veterans may easily overlook important entitled incentives, said Linda Alberty, associate director of Educational Partnerships at Benedictine University.

"The process can be daunting and sometimes overwhelming," Alberty said. "Additionally, with changes in legislation or additions to existing benefits, it is not always easy to keep current on all the requirements. By providing this event, we are hoping veterans will leave with a sense of empowerment and appreciation for their service to their country."

For more information, contact Alberty at (630) 432-3385.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.

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