14611 Homan Avenue
Midlothian, Illinois 60445
(708) 837-7042


I signed up for the Auxiliary the same day I received my marriage certificate.  That piece of paper made me the proud wife of a combat injured USMC Veteran. Together the beautiful family we created would not be where we are without the support we received along the way.  After our daughter, Juinevere, was born, we were struggling financially.  Upon hearing this, and without asking, Midlothian Post #2580 passed a hat around the bar while the commander wrote us a check.  The few hundred dollars we received fed our child when we couldn’t.  I will never forget the feelings of gratitude, belonging and safety I felt that day.

Hello!  My name is Jillian Jans and I am honored to be your Department Veterans and Family Support Chairman for the 2022-2023 “Boots on the Ground for Our Veterans” Auxiliary year!  I have a passion for helping Veterans and their families.   My life changed drastically when I gave up my flourishing career in order to help my husband.  I began managing his medicines and doctor appointments. I began taking notes of his triggers and helping him to avoid them.  He used MY puppy to become one of the first non-blind individuals I’ve seen with a service dog.

I was among the first Veteran caregivers.  I have participated in CBCT studies, navigated burn pit problems, depleted uranium issues, mental health crises, Veterans center couples and individual counseling, and marriage counseling retreats. I’ve been through, personally utilized and pioneered my own family and support system. I did all of this because I love my husband the way I’m sure you love your spouses.  Along the road these many years, I’ve seen what has worked and what has not worked for not just me but for dozens upon dozens of families I’ve met.

The Veterans and Family Support Program includes much of what I have learned.  If you have any questions about family and caregiver support, I am here for you and have “Boots on the Ground for Our Veterans”.


We have provided a place here for you to download all of the information that we distribute to you through our Program Book and Bi-Monthly Chairmen’s Bulletins.  You will need Adobe Reader, it is a Free program and can be downloaded here  Get Adobe


Department Veterans and Family Support Program 22-23
Department Veterans and Family Support Report Form 22-23
National VFS 22-23
National VFS Report 22-23


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