Veterans

Red, white and blue wreath decorating an artillery gun

Welcome Veterans!

The Village of River Grove is proud to support the men and women of our armed forces, both past and present.

Annual events include ceremonies twice a year at the American Legion Recreation Center at 8664 W. Grand Avenue. Please join us at our Memorial Day weekend ceremony in May and Veterans Day weekend ceremony in November to show your support for the sacrifices our residents have made over the years.

Residents and veterans alike are encouraged to take a moment to reflect on those who have served and sacrificed their lives for us at our Veterans Memorial site in front of our Police Station at 2621 N. Thatcher. The commemorative marker stones shown above honor the men and women from some of our most recent conflicts.

Local Resources

Additional support and resources for our military veterans can be found at the following locations:

River Grove American Legion Post #335

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Recreation Center at 8664 W. Grand Avenue. For more information, please call Mike Warchol at (708) 906-5653.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The VFW meets on the second Monday of each month for fellowship, information and charitable concerns. Our meetings are held at the American Legion Recreation Center at 8664 W. Grand Avenue. Food is served for the members at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

There also is an active VFW Auxiliary Unit, which meets at the American Legion Recreation Center on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Additional information about the VFW can be obtained by calling the Village Hall at 708-453-8000.

Veterans Affairs

Leyden Township is proud to provide assistance and information to veterans pertaining to housing benefits, employment benefits, education and training, health care and pharmacy programs, and a whole lot more.

Triton College

The Triton College Veterans Resource Center is designed to assist veterans as they transition from serving in the Armed Services to Triton College as a student and civilian. The VRC provides veterans in the community, active duty personnel, and their families with a welcoming environment that offers access to academic, career, and community resources.

Italian American Veterans Museum

Located nearby in Stone Park, the IAVM contains a library, an archive of memorabilia and a small art exhibit and offers comfort and assistance to service men and women and veterans of all ethnicities.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Information regarding careers, health care, benefits, a crisis line, and more can be found at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs for additional resources.

Hines Hospital

Veterans are encouraged to visit Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital either in person or on the web at Hines Hospital to learn more about the services and resources they offer such as eBenefits, prescriptions, PTSD support, and more. Contact the hospital at 708-202-8387. The hospital is located at:

Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital
5000 S 5th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60141