Our Chicago: Town hall highlights organizations supporting veterans

Moderated by ABC7's Stacey Baca
CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's No. 1 station for news, presented a virtual town celebrating our veterans and highlighting Chicago area organizations that offer support for those who have served. ABC 7 Chicago anchor Stacey Baca will moderate "OUR CHICAGO: Voices of the Community," available on abc7chicago.com Thursday, Nov. 11, at 2:00 p.m.

Check back later today to watch the entire town hall on-demand.

Veterans Day is a time to remember the selfless sacrifice and dedication of those who have literally put their lives on the line to protect our country and our freedom. Veterans face many challenges during and after their service, from psychological issues to the practical struggles of finding employment and getting quality healthcare. Chicago is dedicated to its veterans in myriad ways, and there are incredible organizations working for our veterans to provide much-needed services and support.

Host Stacey Baca has a keen understanding of the veteran community as the wife of someone who has served. Stacey introduced Chicago area veterans' organizations and their leaders, some of whom are veterans themselves, who provided keen insights into what our vets may be experiencing. They will discuss the crucial need for services and support and the programs focused on helping vets overcome obstacles to receiving the benefits and services they have earned.

Guest panelists for this week's town hall included the following:
- Laura Franz, Veterans Path to Hope (formerly TLS Veterans)
- Crystal Odom-McKinney, Easterseals
- Rochelle Crump, National Women Veterans United
- Karen Hernandez, Chicago Veterans

The virtual town hall was also exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

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