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Pritzker Tours Midwest Veterans Close

 

August 3, 2018

Gubernatorial Candidate, J. B. Pritzker toured the Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the request of Mary Carmody, the Veterans Closet's Founder and Executive Director. Pritzker was able to see first hand the work that the Veterans Closet provides to Veterans of Lake County which includes North Chicago, Waukegan, Zion and the surrounding areas which are heavily populated by Veterans.

"We do everything that we can to positively impact the lives of our local Veterans, especially those in need," says Mary Carmody.

The Veterans Closet provides free clothing, personal items, and small household goods. Many of the Veterans that are served need jobs and transportation. The center operates on very hot days as a cooling center for veterans without air conditioning.

"I want to thank Mary Carmody for the work that she is doing for the Veterans of the community. She is an angel," said J. B. Pritzker.

Pritzker went on to say that if elected to the governor's post, he would seek improved healthcare benefits for veterans, saying that "healthcare is not just a privilege, it is a right".

Area political leaders like John Idleburg, Candidate for County Sheriff, Beverly Mull, President of the Zion Library Board, and State Senator and Assistant Minority Whip Terry Link also attended the event. Many Veterans came out for the program, some shopped for free clothing and supplies.

Pastor Melvin Brown of Unity Temple Baptist Church provided the Invocation, and his family, known as the Brown Family Children's Choir, which includes 10 children, sang a song for the group.

A sumptuous barbecue was prepared by Chef Aaron Price with desserts by Heller Catering, Chef Catherine O'Meara.

Pritzker took the time to ask questions and speak individually with Veterans who were in attendance. He discussed their concerns and needs.

The Midwest Veterans Closet is accepting financial, clothing, supplies, and small appliance donations. To donate or help in any way, please call the center director at 847-354-2108.

 

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