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Congrats and gratitude to T.J. Jackson

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Bicentennial Office recently announced the recipients of Bicentennial HONOR 200, honoring the work of 200 veterans who continue to make extraordinary contributions to the people of Illinois.

T.J. Jackson, a Forsyth resident and Vietnam veteran, was among those honored for his longtime work on behalf of veterans.

“America is the greatest nation on earth because of the sacrifice of our veterans,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said. “We are proud to honor these 200 men and women as part of our Bicentennial celebration. Their service didn’t stop when they took off their uniforms. They continue to be heroes among us by going above and beyond the call of duty to take care of the people in their communities.”

Retired Brigadier General Stephen Curda, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs wrote the letter to Jackson announcing his honor.

The letter, in part, commended Jackson and the other honorees for their “time, energy, and contributions to your fellow veterans, service members, and local community” and described their efforts as “going above and beyond the call of duty.”

Stuart Layne, executive director of the Bicentennial Commission, called the Bicentennial HONOR 200 campaign “one of the most important commemorations of the yearlong Bicentennial Celebration.”

He added that the 200 Illinois veterans honored “truly make us Illinois Proud.”

All the Honor 200 recipients have been invited to attend the state’s official 200th birthday celebration at the United Center in Chicago on December 3, 2018. Selections were announced October 24 in a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda in Springfield.

“Honor 200 provides us with an opportunity to showcase our veterans and the values they have when it comes to serving our communities,” Curda said.

The recipients represent more than 50 counties across the state. Nominees were evaluated based on their achievements and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large. In addition, nominees must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military and reside in Illinois.

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