|Closing of the Belleville Service Office
Regrettably the following action was necessary. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of IL had to close the downstate office and operate only from the Chicago Regional *Jesse Brown location & Hines VA Office. The VARO which is the Veteran Administration Regional Office is the main office for maintaining records for Illinois’ Veterans. Basic logic dictates that this office would have to be the last office to close, because of the location and regulations established with the Veterans’ Administration.
We opened the Belleville Office with a grant from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs in August 2009. For public knowledge the Department of Illinois graciously took on the two employees for the Belleville Office because they were losing their positions with the State of Missouri. This originally was only supposed to be an interim office until they could re-locate into a V.A. facility.
We as a Department made it clear when the downstate office exhausted the original $100,000 grant, that we would continue supporting as long as financially feasible. The membership agreed to support the downstate office at our convention in June 2009 even after the grant money was exhausted, which occurred during July 2010. We have been continuing full support for this office since that time. We have continually operated in the RED relying strictly on our reserves hoping that the incoming revenues would hopefully improve.
There was no income revenue received from fundraising operations this calendar year. There is much uncertainty with future revenues! So the Organization must do what is fiscally feasible for the integrity and preservation of the State organization’s survival.
We are at this point are dependent upon our reserves
We are already $54,000 in the red just on the salaries alone for the NSO program this year. We were $50,000 in the red last year. Our revenue has been on a downward spiral for the last two years and our reserves are dangerously low!
The National Office structure is such that no funding is appreciated here in The State of IL. The Department of IL MOPH does not know how much longer we will be able to maintain any office at this juncture.
This was a very difficult decision, but one that had to be made.
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