National Hispanic Heritage Month - Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana

"Hispanic Heritage Month serves to highlight the achievements, influence and contributions that Hispanic and Latinx people have made to our Country. As Acting Director, I am so proud to work in an organization that thrives on the strength of its diversity.  Together, we are unstoppable!" (Terry Prince - Acting Director IDVA)



Celebrate with us the culture, history and diversity of our Hispanic and Latino Americans in Illinois! Link to more about the month long celebration here.


Please help us to recognize our fellow IDVA workers during National Hispanic Heritage Month ....


Chicago: Thank you to our Chicago Veterans' Home Team! Julia Moreno, David Merced, Alfredo Gallardo, Carlos Valdez, Brandon Reyes, Luz Gonzalez, Herman Mora, Ana Huizar, George Sain, Ashley Benitez, Edith Feliciano, Emma Mendoza, Jesus Alvarez, an Juanito Luciano


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Sabastian Godinez: The Anna Veterans' Home is gratfeul for his service as a Veteran Nursing Assistant Since 2013.



 Sonia Gove: Special thank you to Sonia Gove, IDVA Human Resources Specialist since 2017.


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 Tsoe Schnell: Thank you Tsoe for your service as Veteran Nursing Assistant at the Anna Veterans' Home since 2010.


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 Enrique Cabrera, a Veterans Education Specialist based out of Joliet, Illinois has been with IDVA since November 2013.  Enrique specializes in the approval of universities, colleges, community colleges, and vocational schools for the GI Bill.  He is an outstanding member of the State Approving Agency team and a proud Chicago Fire supporter! Thank you Enrique.


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Frank Delatore, AGS, BS, MA, Ed.D.
USN, HMC (SW/AW/FMF) Retired, 23 years, 6 months
Veteran Service Officer in Elgin since 2018.


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The Manteno Veterans' Home is grateful for Veronica Barboza – VNAC – since 2011 - George Ruiz – Stationary Engineer since 2020 and Denise Medina-Archer – RN – since 2020 and Traveiz Perez – VNAC since 2017.


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 Janine Arriola is a Veterans Education Specialist for IDVA since 2021 and is based out of Wheaton, Illinois.  She specializes in the approval of apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs for IDVA.  Thank you, Janine


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Thank you to Melissa Beckford who joined IDVA in 2017 as a Veteran Service Officer and was promoted to  to Northern Division Supervisor in 2021. 

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Quincy Veterans' Home is grateful for Christine Arguello (left), Security Officer serving Illinois for over 25 years, and Marta Mowen (right), support service worker in housekeeping for IVHQ for ten years. Thank you for all you do for our veterans! #HispanicHeritageMonth2021


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The LaSalle Veterans' Home is grateful for Luz Serratos, Kassandra Guerra, Dennis Hogan , and Danielle Wise (1st photo) and for Heather Barroso, Carmen Rodriguez, Randy Daugherty (2nd photo) for their hard work and dedication to caring for our veterans. #HispanicHeritageMonth2021