Ahead of Veterans Day, Illinois has launched Illinois Joining Forces, a new statewide public-private partnership that will improve support for service members, veterans, and their families. Illinois Joining Forces seeks to increase collaboration and communication among non-profits and public agencies serving veterans at the local, state and federal levels.
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Through IJF, participating organizations will work together to address gaps in services in job training and placement, health care, education and housing, to refer veterans and service members in need of assistance, and to offer better navigation of available resources. The website will become fully developed and searchable on Nov. 19.