Legislative 2016-17


Ceil Barclay, Chairman

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I am most humbled, proud and extremely excited to serve as your new Department Legislative Chairman under the direction of Department President: Samantha Schmidgall.  Her theme this year is:  “Believe « Belong « Because”.

My work began in the field of Legislation, including our Military Legislation, more than 30 years ago. Beginning as a student-intern in the field of counseling in 1973, working with our Vietnam Veterans, opened my eyes to the casualties of war and the effects it had with relation to PTSD and their medical concerns at times. 

For more than 30 years as a Counselor in the field, I look back on those early years which molded my direction and dedication for working with our Veterans and their needs.

It will be important for all of us to be in contact with our Government Officials. They need to be aware of our concerns regarding such legislation and to hold them accountable for honoring America’s promises to all our Veterans. I can’t wait to hear from you each month with your creative ideas, your challenges and accomplishments as we work together as one team across Illinois. We will make that difference!  I thank you in advance for your dedication, endless efforts, hard work and genuine love for our Veterans.



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2016-17 Department Legislative Program

2016-17 Department Legislative Report Form   (click on online reporting above for online report)

2016-17 National Legislative Program

2016-17 National Legislative Ambassador

2016 Legislative Priority Goals



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