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Windy City Veterans and the Meaning of Giving

Pat Hickey 30 October 2008 4 Comments

“By the end of the week, he’ll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” Senator Barack Obama


No Senator, that is called charity – the act of giving. It is an individual thing. You give your peanut butter sandwich to someone else.

Giving is what America’s Veterans are all about. When they were 17 or 18 years old, like Senator John McCain was when he entered Annapolis, these kids gave themselves body and soul to their Country.

Many of them went to war. The men and women who fought WWII are dying at a rate of 1,500 souls per day. The Veterans of Korea are stepping into their boots, along with the Veterans of Vietnam, Desert Storm, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They are making sure that the Veterans who gave so much for Freedom get what they need.

Windy City Veterans of Chicago give 100% of what they raise for the Manteno Veterans Home and Skilled Care Facility in Manteno, Illinois. This is sacrifice without remuneration. Something only Veterans seem to understand. They do not pay a staff or some executive director; they do not take contributions and ‘set aside’ costs. Veterans of the Windy City Veterans give 100% – like they have for America – to needs of the Veterans at Manteno Facility.

Here is a note from Windy City Veterans President Martin J. Tully*:

Due to unforeseen circumstances out of our control, the Windy City Veterans Annual Fundraiser had its venue changed at the last minute. This fundraiser is extremely important because it benefits the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. These veterans sacrificed when called to do so and now we ALL need to show our support for these brave men and women. We are a community based veterans group made up of veterans both peacetime and war.

The cost of admission is $25.00 which covers the cost of food, beverages, music and entertainment.

Our fundraiser is no longer at TR’s Pub. We are now having the fundraiser at BEVERLY WOODS located at 11532 S. Western Ave. The time will still be 6:30-11:30pm on NOVEMBER 7th 2008.

Many of our members are CPD officers and veterans. We are always helping other causes…especially military and police related.

Thank you for assisting us in getting the word out in such a short length of time.

Respectfully Yours,

Martin Tully

President of the Windy City Veterans Association

Here’s the deal – many Chicago business leaders read Chicago Daily Observer; many talented people contribute to this fine news site let’s give the people who gave so much to ensure our Freedoms here at home. Let’s support the efforts of Chicago’s Windy City Veterans.

How about some well-heeled plutocrat stepping up with a huge drop for this fund-raiser; how about some end-of-the-year Corporate Citizenship making a grant of a match to whatever Windy City Veterans pull in on November 7th at Beverly Woods.

It is not like sharing your peanut butter sandwich or toys. Charitable Giving is as American as the blood shed in defense of our Freedoms. This is a no brain-er – 100% of the money donated goes directly to Manteno Veterans Center. Make a donation. Make a making gift. Better yet – Stop by Beverly Woods on November 7th and make it a personal give – the men and women this benefits did so for you.

Contact – Windy City Veterans at their Blogsite


*Martin J. Tully

OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan) combat veteran/CPD officer, former U.S Army Captain. My personal hero: DAD (Green Beret 31 years/CPD 29 1/2 years)


  • Pat Hickey (author) said:

    Capt. Tully,

    Put me down for $100! Your Father ( a three tour Vietnam Green Beret and Homicide Dick) knows how to find me if I welsh on this – that I would not care to experiment with.

    BTW- he could probably find me at Keegan’s Pub- without use of compass and trail knife.

  • Martin E. Tully (author) said:


    Thank you for the donation and the nice letter you wrote. I don’t think any representative from WCVA will be able to make the Nov 7th event at 78/Emerald. We are very few in number when it comes to volunteering. That is rather depressing to me.

    Normally, I would go myself, but that day is going to be extremely hectic due to preparations for the Fundraiser. Also, I am now on the new CPD Mobile Strike Force, so it’s tougher for me to get time off…especially with the Elections coming up.

    Thank you for the encouragement!

    Respectfully Yours,

    Marty E. Tully

  • Pat Hickey (author) said:

    Plenty of Leo Vets on Hand, Capt. Tully -no sweat! I’ll see youat Beverly Woods that night.

    I hope some deep pockets with long green show up!

  • Jackie Galloway (author) said:

    CPD officer Robert Galloway passed away recently. His obit read in leiu of flowers, donations could be made to the Windy City Veterans Assoc. I have 2 checks and no address to send them to. I have tried to contact someone thru Beverly Woods, to no avail. Could someone please give me an address so I can send these checks.

    Thank you Jackie

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