A press release from the Huntley Are Tea Party:
HUNTLEY AREA TEA PARTY welcomes Michael Iwanicki and Paul Schimpf
“Military Veterans: Our Gratitude and Indebtedness”
Adlai E. Stevenson said, “Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” As we approach Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country, it is also a great time to honor our living veterans and address their needs and concerns with our gratitude and our indebtedness. There is no greater institution on this earth that commands our unwavering respect as the United States military.
Join us and hear from two highly qualified and experienced speakers as we offer our thanks, pay tribute, as well as address those needs and some of the challenges that must be faced today.
Michael Iwanicki, Superintendent, Veterans Assistance Commission
Michael has been a Veterans Service Officer since 1998, and became the Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County (VAC) in 2003. At the time, McHenry County Veterans VA Claims (Claims for chronic illness or injury resulting from military service) were under represented.
The Commission put an emphasis on providing better representation to our veterans and in 12 years McHenry County was in the top ten Counties in the State for Veterans Compensation. McHenry County was the second county in the state to offer electronic access to the Veterans Benefits Administration.
Mike is in his second 2 year term as President of the Illinois Association of County Veterans Assistance Commissions. He will discuss veterans’ needs and some legislative challenges we now face.
Paul M. Schimpf, LtCol, USMC, retired
After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Paul began his Marine Corps career as an infantry officer. After tours with the 5th Marine Regiment and Marine Barracks, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Paul went to law school at Southern Illinois University and became a judge advocate.
As an attorney, Paul has served as the head prosecutor for the Western Recruiting Region, the lead American attorney advisor to the Iraqi prosecutors in the trial of Saddam Hussein, and the environmental counsel for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Paul’s final tour of duty was as the Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Corps Installations Command in the Pentagon. He retired on from the Marine Corps on May 31st, 2013 and returned with his family to his hometown of Waterloo, Illinois. Paul is the Republican nominee for Illinois Attorney General in 2014.
Paul will speak with us about what we as Americans owe our veterans.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Gather in 6:30 PM; Program begins at 7 PM
American Legion Post 673
11712 W. Coral Street
Huntley, IL 60142