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Department of Veterans’ Affairs launches ‘Operation Rising Spirit’


information provided by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 26, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today launched “Operation Rising Spirit,” a campaign challenging service organizations, volunteers, and patriots of Illinois to raise the spirits of military veterans and the heroic staff who care for them every day at state veterans’ homes in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy, Illinois.

Illinois veterans’ homes were directed to restrict visitation as part of the staunch measures implemented to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. And every day, staff at the homes enter the frontlines to safeguard the veterans they serve.

“Uplifting messages and displays of support from the community will help boost the morale of veterans and staff during this unprecedented time,” said IDVA Director Linda Chapa LaVia. “Cards, emails, signs outside the homes, and video messages are encouraged, but I also challenge everybody to think creatively about what they can do to support veterans and staff.”

Families, friends, veteran service organizations, volunteers, local community members, and patriotic Illinoisans across the state are all encouraged to participate in Operation Rising Spirit. Cards, emails, and video messages can be sent directly to the homes at the addresses below, and socially distant on-site activities can be coordinated with the staff at each home below.

  • Illinois Veterans’ Home at Anna
    792 N. Main Street, Anna, Illinois 62906
    C/O: Anthony Barnett
    [email protected]
  • Illinois Veterans’ Home at LaSalle
    1015 O’Conor Avenue, LaSalle, Illinois 61301
    C/O: Susan Scully
    [email protected]
  • Illinois Veterans’ Home at Manteno
    1 Veterans Drive, Manteno, Illinois 60950
    C/O: Dave Pedersen
    [email protected]
  • Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy
    1707 N. 12th Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301
    C/O: Sara Colgrove
    [email protected]
  • Prince Home at Manteno
    1 Veterans Drive, Manteno, Illinois 60950
    C/O Wali Lewis
    [email protected]
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