Veterans Corner: Vets may benefit from store discounts

Veterans Corner: Vets may benefit from store discounts

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Many businesses recognize veterans and active-duty military personnel around Veterans Day on Nov. 11 by offering free meals, discounts on products and recognition events. Most businesses advertise their discounts and encourage veterans to accept them.

However, businesses who are national in scope leave it up to the local franchise operator to offer the discounts, free meals, etc. Look for information about local participation in the discounts in your local media or online advertising.


“Presentation on Iraq” with retired Lt. Col. Bob Freitag will be held at the Area Recreation Center on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Freitag served for over 21 years in the Army Reserve and served as a judge in McLean County from 2000 to his retirement in 2018. His military service included a year-long deployment at Abu Ghraib, Iraq. He will share some of his non-classified photos and stories of his time in the Iraqi desert. Attend and learn how they dealt with the oppressive heat, the endless choking dust, and the near-constant mortar and sniper attacks.


The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting 2.7 million job applicants for the 2020 census. The Census Bureau is specifically looking at veterans and military spouses for these openings because of their “experience and their resilience and resourcefulness, which is exactly what is needed in the census environment.” Job seekers can apply with one online application to three positions: census taker, recruiting assistant and, if available in your area, office clerk positions. Applicants will be chosen in January, with the bulk of work happening in March. People can start applying now at


The ribbon-cutting ceremony and the open house at the new Bloomington VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 207 Hamilton Road in Bloomington was well-attended on Nov. 7. The crowd was very impressed with the facility and professional atmosphere displayed by VA personnel. There is still time to transfer your VA HealthCare enrollment to Bloomington or apply for VA HealthCare. Contact your McLean County Veterans Assistance Commission (309-888-5140) or browse VA Form 10-10EZ to enroll for the first time for VA HealthCare.


Normal Public Library is recruiting for a part-time custodian at the library. Veterans are sought to apply. The custodian will work Thursday and Friday from 7 to 11 a.m. Additional hours may be available on an as-needed basis. Position performs routine and directed custodial work and minor interior and exterior maintenance at Normal Public Library. The custodian may be required to fill in on a short-term as-needed basis. Candidates must be able to pass a comprehensive background check at the time a conditional offer of employment is made. Candidates must be able to work well with other employees, work independently, and demonstrate initiative. Duties will include a variety of cleaning and maintenance of interior and exterior surfaces, snow and ice removal, mowing and landscaping, and assistance with event set-up and tear-down. The position reports to the Technology & Facilities Manager and Library management. Call 309-454-9548. Applications can be found at at http://www/

Vogler is superintendent of the McLean County Veterans Assistance Commission. 


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