State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, is creating the committee and partnering with the La Salle County Veterans Assistance Commission on hosting events, according to a news release from Yednock's office.

"Illinois veterans deserve help, as they fought for our freedoms here at home," Yednock said in the news release. "There are existing policies that can help veterans obtain the assistance they need, but I want to make sure these servicemen and women know how to access their benefits."

Yednock and the Veterans Assistance Commission will work to update local veterans on the benefits available to them, as well as assist them with property tax exemptions and more.

Yednock said he wants to hear directly from local veterans in an effort to create new legislation to further benefit them. Citizen advisory meetings are planned for the following dates and locations:

* 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Marseilles American Legion/VFW, 571 Rutland St., Marseilles.

Yednock recently was appointed to the Illinois Veterans Advisory Council, a bipartisan group of elected officials and veterans who meet quarterly to discuss the concerns of veterans across the state and to advise the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs on significant issues.

"I want to thank Representative Yednock for hosting this event to not only honor our local servicemen and women, but to make sure each veteran knows their rights and the resources that are available to them," said Steven Kreitzer, superintendent of the La Salle County Veterans Assistance Commission. "We will work with our veterans and their families to ensure they are receiving all the benefits they have earned through their service."

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