ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Rock Island, Ill. - When veterans need help most of the time they don't know where to go, well in the Quad Cities there is a place. The Veterans Outreach Program located downtown Moline; the program is a reliable source to help veterans of all ages.

The Veterans Outreach Program is there to provide help to all veterans, for instance if they need employment. The VOP staff has been trained on how to help veterans with the resume system to apply for government positions and at the same time build up a regular resume to take to employers to gain employment.

One other service that is provided is to learn about your educational benefits, because knowing the difference which program to use can save thousands of dollars for veterans. One good example is the Illinois Veterans Grant program, which covers all costs for an Illinois veteran's 120 semester hours of college (which includes books, lab fees, and even covers the cost of a computer).

This is just the tip of the iceberg, when individuals are released from the service, whether they come to the end of their tour of duty or the individual retires, veterans are not given a book to explain what they're qualified for, in regard to benefits. The Outreach Program is here to explain and show veterans how to get their feet, and then really sink their teeth into the process.

The complete staff is made up of all veterans and has experience in helping veterans. Two out of the four people have been helping veterans for over 20 years, either while in the service or when they got out of the Army. If you have any questions feel free to contact them at or you can call them at (309) 797-7950.