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Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 07:58 pm

HONORING VETS

Springfield veterans in need have a new ally looking out for them: an enthusiastic Filipino woman with a heart of gold. Rose Amon of Springfield is founder and chairman of HONVEE (HONoring VEts Event), a local nonprofit group that raises money for homeless veterans. Created in February 2010, HONVEE now has the backing of Sangamon County Circuit Clerk Tony Libri, who serves as co-chair, and Sangamon County Auditor Paul Palazzolo, who serves as treasurer. The group recently donated $6,000 to Fifth Street Renaissance, another local nonprofit, to help fund the construction of a new homeless shelter in Springfield specifically for veterans.

Amon says she was working for the Illinois Department of Human Services when she became overwhelmed by “tearjerking” stories from homeless veterans. The federal Veterans Administration wasn’t doing enough, Amon says, so she stepped up to help. HONVEE will soon branch out from homelessness to take on different projects, Amon says, and the group needs project ideas, donations and volunteers. “We’d like to solve as many problems as we can,” she says.

To donate to HONVEE, send a check to 2505-C Chapel Hill Rd, Springfield, IL 62702. For more information or to volunteer, contact HONVEE by phone at 787-8826 or by email at honveehome@comcast.net.
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