Laura - Hospital

Laura Knackstedt , Chairman

Debbie Gard-co chair hospital

Deborah Gard, Co-Chairman

This year we are “Lighting the way for our Veterans”.  Supporting the hospital program is one of the best ways to help our Veterans.  If you have never been to one of the VA Hospitals or Facilities, I strongly urge you to make the trip.  You will see firsthand the amazing work they do to help our Veterans lead productive and fulfilling lives.  From helping them with medical issues to giving them training to lead independent lives, these facilities aid our Veterans in many ways.  By donating or volunteering, we help keep these facilities working for our Veterans.

We have five VA facilities – Edward Hines Jr., Iliana, Jesse Brown, Captain James A. Lovell and Marion.  We have four Veterans Homes – Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy.  We also have three out of state VA facilities – William S. Middleton in Madison, Wisconsin along with Jefferson Barracks and John Cochran in St. Louis, Missouri.

To become a volunteer, please contact your closest facility or representative.  For more information, please go to Department of Illinois VFW Auxiliary website,


Laura Knackstedt, Hospital Chairman, is also at your service.

“Lighting the way for our Veterans”


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