Veteran’s Resource Connection Fair

September 13, 2019 - 9:00 am -3:00 pm
Mt. Vernon Armory - 600 Shiloh Dr., Mt Vernon, IL 62864

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Friday, September 13, 2019




8am - 9am

Vendor Setup

Main Gym
9am - 3pm

Attendee Check-in


9am - 3pm

Resource Connection Fair

Main Gym
9:45am - 10:30am and 1:15pm - 2pm

Demystifying the College Enrollment Process for the Military-Connected

Room 1309
9:45am - 10:30am and 1:15pm - 2pm

VA Disability Benefits Overview and Q & A

Room 2000
9am - 3pm

Food/break/storage area for service providers


Registration is not required. Please note that any veteran can stop by to check out the services available anytime on September 13, between 9am – 3pm.

The Southern Illinois University System and local veteran serving organizations are hosting the first Veteran’s Resource Connection Fair.  Sponsored by the SIU System and its campuses (SIU Carbondale, SIU Edwardsville, School of Medicine), this day is intended to give veteran’s free access to the following services:

The SIU School of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Social Work and their community partners will provide:

  • The SIU School of Medicine will provide primary care physician referrals
  • The SIU School of Medicine will provide mental health screenings and referrals
  • The SIUE School of Pharmacy will be conducting health assessment screenings (blood pressure measurement & diabetes risk assessment)
  • Home test kits for colorectal cancer
  • Free and low cost dental service referrals

The SIU School of Law and their community partners will be provide:

  • Advice and information on VA disability benefits
  • Advice and information on discharge upgrades
  • Intakes and referrals for free legal services for other civil legal matters

SIUE and SIUC and Extended Campus will provide:

  • Educational benefits counseling: Active, Reserve, Guard, Dependents and Spouses
  • College entrance advisement for undergraduate, graduate and professional schools (application process and deadlines)
  • What to expect as a non-traditional, veteran student
  • Connecting with the right resources (counseling, tutoring, disability support and career center)
  • Information on high growth professions in Healthcare, Education, IT and Justice

Service Provider Organization Information:

Linda Hurd - H.E.R.O.S. Care, Operation Home Front

Freddie Buckingham - Illinois Department Of Employment Security

Cyndi Addison - SAFE

Kathleen Howard - SSM Health at Home

Kari Welker - Cedars of Lebanon Apartments

Amanda Heflin - Got Your Six Support Dogs

Shannon Yount - Office of the Illinois Attorney General

Bradley Lavite  - Veterans' Assistance Commission

Rory Brown - New Horizons Computer Learning Center

Jim Dolan - Illinois Joining Forces

Angela Simmons - Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Patricia Nardini - Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding

Michelle Cerutti - Man-Tra-Con Corp.

Jessica Palazzolo - Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center

Sheila Forristall - Survivor Outreach Service

Sarah VanVooren, SIU Carbondale Conference and Scheduling Services, 618-453-3472 or

Interst In Involvement:
Mary Carroll, Office of the President, 773-562-1375,