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Week of Service: Supporting our Veterans

  • Various Locations Statewide
  • Monday, November 6 through Friday, November 10, 2023

Join the Illinois Bar Foundation in celebrating and supporting our veterans for their courage and sacrifice during our first-ever IBF Week of Service: November 6-10, 2023. Write letters in support of our active-duty servicepeople and veterans, learn about veterans rights and issues with free virtual CLE opportunities, or participate in a pro bono veterans’ clinic directly serving those who have served their country. Proceeds of this event will benefit the statewide access to justice and lawyers care programs of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Read more about the schedule of events below or scroll right to the bottom of this page to register!


Write a Letter to a Serviceperson

Monday, November 6 – Thursday, November 9
(Drop Off Sites open 9 am – 5 pm)

Write a letter to an active-duty serviceperson thanking them for their service and drop off at any of our statewide Illinois JusticeCorps sites listed below. These will be included in care packages sent to troops via Operation Gratitude.

Drop Off Sites: Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Chicago (Daley Center), Edwardsville, Galesburg, Kankakee, Peoria, Quincy, Rockford, Springfield, St. Charles, Sycamore, Waukegan, Woodstock, Murphysboro

Find Your Closest Drop Off Site

On-Site Letter Crafting Workshop

Wednesday, November 8 from 10 am to 2 pm

Drop in and join us at locations around Illinois to write and decorate cards and letters for active-duty servicepeople. Materials and refreshments will be provided.

Crafting Sites: Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Edwardsville, Rockford and St. Charles

Find Your Closest Crafting Workshop


Free Two-Part Virtual CLE

in partnership with


Part 1: Serving Those Who Served: Supporting Your Veteran Clients & Their Access to Benefits 

Friday, November 10 from 12-1:30 pm
1.5 hours of General MCLE Credit
Get more info & register here

Part 2: An Introduction to the Military and Veterans Rights Bureau & Consumer Protection Resources

Wednesday, November 15 from 12-1 pm
1 hour of General MCLE Credit
Get more info & register here


Free CLE & Veterans’ Legal Aid Clinic

in partnership with


Join us for a free virtual CLE and in-person pro bono opportunity working with veterans. For questions or more information, please contact IBF Executive Director, Stacey Meehan, at

Drafting Powers of Attorney Using Contract Express

Thursday, November 9 from 10-11 am
1 hour of General MCLE Credit
Virtual CLE

Veterans’ Power of Attorney Clinic

Thursday, November 9 at 1 pm
Veterans New Beginning, Auburn Gresham

*Please note: in order to register for the in-person power of attorney clinic, you are REQUIRED to also join for the virtual CLE in advance as a training session. If you would like to attend the virtual CLE without attending the in-person clinic, please contact

Register here!

Thank you to our IBF Week of Service Partner Organizations

Thank you to our IBF Week of Service Sponsors!

Edwardsville Letter Crafting Site Sponsor


Edwardsville Letter Drop Off Site Sponsor

“I Support Our Veterans” Sponsors

Jessica C. Marshall

Valerie Munchez-Van Der Wagt

Melissa M. Olivero