One of the nation’s veterans’ groups has its brass on a tour of Illinois. “AMVETS allows National Guard reservists in, no matter what time of service they spent,” said Illinois commander Cheryl Weglewski. “You can also become a member of AMVETS once you have completed basic training.”

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Weglewski has been showing national commander Cleve Geer around. He served in the Army in the late 1950s and early 1960s. “It will take a returning veteran about 10 or 15 years before he or she allows himself or herself to join a veterans’ organization,” says Geer, citing the adjustment period to civilian life, family and career.

Geer’s Illinois visit this week has taken him to a veterans’ home in Manteno, Camp Butler National Cemetery near Springfield, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

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