Veterans Commission

The purpose of the Veterans Commission is to recognize the contributions of Tinley Park residents who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States; to assist veterans in preserving their rights in obtaining benefits from various governmental agencies by cooperating with the agencies for the benefit of the veterans; and to educate the citizenry as to the accomplishments and contributions of veterans.


Chairperson
Wiley Roberts

Members
Norm Pestlin
Robert Baisa
William Rasmussen
Chris Hansley, V.F.W. Auxiliary President
Georges Sanon
Jimmy Hunter
Karen Tobola
Jim Hudik, Commander of V.F.W. Post 2791
Jim Taylor, Commander of American Legion Post 615

Associate Members
Ken Wrezzes
Eva Reyes-Seitz, AVMRA
Robert Bullard, Chicago Base U.S. Sub Veterans
Don Tomich, Marine Corp League Rep

Commission Secretary
Norm Pestlin

Staff Liaison
Pat Carr


Monthly Meetings
The Veterans Commission meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month except for June and July in the Kallsen Center at Tinley Park Village Hall, 16250 S. Oak Park Ave. Agendas, minutes and meeting presentations are posted on the Village website.


Veterans Banner Program
The Village of Tinley Park's Veterans Commission has a Veterans Banner Program, available to current and past residents of Tinley Park who have served or are serving in any branch of the military. Banners honor local veterans by featuring their likeness, name, branch of the military and years of service. Banners cost $150 each and will be displayed in Veterans Plaza and along Timber Drive annually from Memorial Day to Veterans Day. Applications will be due every year on May 1. Banners will be 30 inches wide and 60 inches tall, printed on both sides. Read the Veterans Banner Program Application for submission guidelines or to order a banner for the veteran in your life.

 


Paver Brick Program 
Friends and family of soldiers can honor their heroes by purchasing bricks bearing personalized inscriptions that recognize the soldier’s service to our country. These bricks are incorporated into the walkway at the Gen. Patrick E. Rea Veterans Plaza, which sits adjacent to the south entrance of the 80th Avenue Metra train station, 18001 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park. Residents who are interested in purchasing a brick can fill out a Brick Paver Program application.


 Local Veterans Groups

American Legion Post 615
17423 S. 67th Court
(708) 532-1737
www.post615.com

Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) Post 2791
17147 S. Oak Park Ave.
(708) 532-2333
www.vfw2791.org

Korean War Veterans Association
South Suburban Chapter 23
17211 S. Odell Ave.
(708) 532-5950
http://kwva.us

Marine Corp League
Kevin Clarke - Detachment 1217
17147 S. Oak Park Ave.
(708) 614-6093
www.mclnational.org


For information on auxiliary and motorcycle units contact the corresponding veterans group.


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