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IROQUOIS MEMORIAL HOSPICE Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Partner

Watseka— It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Iroquois Memorial Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Iroquois Memorial Hospice will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.

The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. "Partners" can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation's Veterans who are facing a

life-limiting illness, Iroquois Memorial Hospice is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran's military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Iroquois Memorial Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.
"All hospices are serving Veterans but often aren't aware of that person's service in the armed forces," said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. "Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities."

"VA shares a common goal with our nation's hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting. As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans - wherever they are receiving care."

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.

"America's Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero's welcome home. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve," added Schumacher.

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KAMEG arrests, Brown and Piel

KAMEG agents (last Tuesday) arrested Barry L. Brown, age 38, of Kankakee, IL for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church. Brown was arrested near North Street and N. Euclid Avenue in Bradley after he delivered approximately 1.3 grams of cocaine.

On Wednesday, June 26th at approximately 5:56 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Allen W. Piel Jr., age 42, of Sun River Terrace. During a drug investigation in the 400 block of N. 5th Avenue, Kankakee, Piel delivered (50) Vicodin pills. At the time of his arrest Piel possessed two additional pills. Piel was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was held for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park and for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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KAMEG arrest nabs Sun River Terrace Man

35-year-old J.B. Brown Jr.is under arrest for the sale of heroin. KAMEG agents raided Brown's home. More than three-ounces of heroin was found along with a semi-automatic pistol.

Authorities report Brown's been arrested 31 times dating back to 1997.

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Six soldiers welcomed home in Peotone

A crowd of well-wishers in Peotone welcomed home six Illinois Arm National Guard veterans Saturday. It was the largest "welcome home" event thrown by the Peotone Legion's Adopt a Soldier program.


Members of the 933rd Military Police Company returning from approximately three years in Afghanistan were paraded from Legion home to the Will County fairgrounds. They were on classified missions at four remote posts which included guard operations and prison escort.


Justin Hoogeweg, 21, of Peotone; Greg Prunsky, 21, of Frankfort; Jeffrey Blokel, 20, of Manteno; Brandon Johnson, 23, of Braidwood; Amanda Johnson, 22, of Braidwood; and Cooper Ider, 21, of Virdon, each with the rank of specialist, were escorted to Peotone American Legion Post 392 from the Will County Fairgrounds.
Warriors Watch Riders, family, friends, World War II military vehicles, and Peotone police and fire vehicles created a raucous presence along a circuitous two-mile route into town.


Residential and downtown streets were lined with well-wishers waving American flags and cheering for the soldiers who sat waving from the bed of a large military transport vehicle. Utility poles and trees along the route were decorated with yellow ribbons, and homes and businesses decorated red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July were more than appropriate for the occasion.


After Sue Wackerlin, Adopt a Soldier program coordinator, welcomed the young soldiers and thanked them for their service, she invited the Vietnam veterans to the stage to honor them for the welcome "they deserved but never got."


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Illinois farmers can recycle pesticide containers

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is again offering farmers a free pesticide container recycling program this summer.

Sites throughout the state will collect the containers starting in late July. The used containers will be ground into chips and turned into shipping pallets, fence posts and other products.

Agriculture Director Bob Flider says more than 2 million agrichemical containers have been collected since the program began. These containers would
otherwise go into landfills.

Collection sites accept only high-density polyethylene, No. 2 plastic, agrichemical containers that are clean and dry. Participants must remove all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals.

More information, including the collection site schedule, is available at the Illinois Department of Agriculture's website.