Military Veterans

Operation Wild Horse

Home to wild mustangs and burros, Operation Wild Horse pairs these magnificant creatures with U.S. military veterans, active duty service members, and their families for a unique bonding experience. 

Rick Otey and other veterans greet elementary school children after class.
Courtesy of Rick Otey

A cross-generational conversation with Illinois Veterans

There are nearly 800,000 veterans currently living in Illinois, each with a unique story and experience during their service and as transition back into civilian life. Ahead of Veteran’s Day, we spoke with four of those Illinois veterans about why they served, what challenges they face, and misconceptions about veterans and their experiences.

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