All Service Breakfast
A hearty breakfast including juice, coffee and “SOS” (veterans know what that is) is provided to all veterans and their spouses who live in the Village of Tinley Park or who are members of one of the Tinley Park military service organizations.
Veteran volunteer recognition
The Veterans Commission annually honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by volunteering their time to help veterans, and by promoting the ideals of patriotism for which those veterans fought. This award ceremony takes place in conjunction with the Veterans Day Ceremony.
American flags honor veterans
Each month a new American flag is flown on the Village flagpole near the Oak Park Avenue train station at Zabrocki Plaza in memory of a Tinley Park resident who has served our country. Each flag has previously been flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. After being flown for a month, it is taken down and presented to the family along with a framed certificate. Residents who are interested in the program can fill out a Flag Request Form.
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.
Art in public buildings
The battles and wars fought by Americans have been accurately captured in the paintings and artistic drawings of well-known artists. Some of these are owned by the Veterans Commission and have been displayed at the Vogt Visual Arts Center. Others have been donated to schools, the library, police and fire stations, and the Tinley Park Park District.
'Voice of Democracy' contest
Tinley Park students in ninth through 12th grades have an opportunity each year to participate in a contest that tests their writing abilities and patriotism. This program is sponsored by the V.F.W. National Organization, and each annual winner receives a $25,000 scholarship. The Veterans Commission offers support and funding on the local level.
Tinley Park students in seventh and eighth grades are eligible to participate in another V.F.W. National program, Patriots Pen. Top national winners of this 300-word essay contest can receive savings bonds of $1,000 to $10,000. The Veterans Commission offers support and funding on the local level.
American Military at War
The Veterans Commission adopts a military unit serving in a war zone or hostile environment. Toiletries and other small items are sent to the soldiers who are unable to receive or buy them due to their service in a combat zone. Although each soldier only receives a small package, it is a useful and thoughtful expression of our support for them for serving our country.