CHAMPAIGN -- An area writer is finding a way to help veterans discover their voices by turning them into bookworms.
He's one of the busiest people in Champaign during the holidays, but all this Marine's hard work is for a good cause.
DECATUR -- A veteran replaces a VFW Post's flag after someone cut the pole, stole it and left the flag on the ground.
URBANA -- As fewer members join and existing American Legion members get older, one teenager is giving these vets hope.
DE LAND -- After years of hard work, the American Legion is nearly restored. But, there's one thing which still has to be brought back.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- If veterans didn't give service members what they deserve, these men say no one else would.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A UI student is stepping up to the plate to keep his fellow veterans in the swing of things.
DANVILLE -- A veteran is putting his feet down and raising money for his brothers in uniform.
CLINTON -- When a soldier returns home in one piece to his or her family, it's usually a time filled with excitement; especially when it's a surprise.
Update: 6:16 pm, 9/26/14, Friday CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- Hope isn't the only reason this Hometown Hero has lived nearly a century or why he still feels young at heart.
DANVILLE -- An area veteran is fighting to make sure people with disabilities can attend sports games.
DANVILLE -- While serving in the military moved his life down a rocky road, this veteran is not letting tough times keep him out the game.
WESTVILLE -- He went from professional baseball player to fighting on the front lines.
PANA -- A veteran has spent his entire life in Our Town.
URBANA -- He served our country and, after the military, has made his life about public service, but this Hometown Hero is trying his luck at a new craft.
CHAMPAIGN -- This week's Our Town was dedicated to America's favorite sports car, the Corvette, but our Hometown Hero got special honors at America's favorite race.
FORSYTH -- More than 13,000 people serve in the Illinois National Guard.
GIFFORD -- An area veteran made it his mission to honor those from Our Town who have served.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- He fought for our country, but this Hometown Hero says he was an unlikely candidate for the honor.
SAVOY -- Nowadays they tour the U.S. to give people a piece of the past, but for many veterans, seeing the flying fortress back up in the air was more like deja vu.
SAVOY -- He flew his first mission on D-Day. 70 years later, this Hometown Hero got to see a B-17 take to the sky once again.
CHARLESTON -- He was a prisoner of war during World War II. Now, decades later, one Central Illinois Hometown Hero is getting a medal.
URBANA -- He grew up on a farm in Central Illinois, but after traveling overseas to fight for the U.S., this Hometown Hero returned to serve his hometown.
URBANA -- As if fighting for our country wasn't enough.
SPRINGFIELD -- His resume and title speak for itself. But, it's his philosophy which has gotten him to the top of Illinois' military command.
DECATUR -- Vietnam veterans got the chance to remember why they served this weekend when one of their own leaders was an honored guest.
CHAMPAIGN -- Firefighters go through countless hours of training to be ready when the calls come.
DECATUR -- Everyone knows the war in Afghanistan is winding down, and while that's a good thing, it also means a lot more of those who are injured overseas will be coming home.
DANVILLE -- An area man is getting recognition for his lifelong commitment to schools. He's tonight's Hometown Hero.
SPRINGFIELD -- Friday the state honored this Hometown Hero for being a veteran who helps make this a better country.
CHAMPAIGN -- After challenging himself to become a better person, one veteran is now leading the way for others to do the same.
CHARLESTON -- A Hometown Hero is using social media to honor fallen soldiers.
CHAMPAIGN -- Serving in the war is a big part of his past, but one veteran is still serving his country by feeding the homeless.
ILLINOIS -- Returning home from fighting overseas can be a hard adjustment.
DANVILLE -- A group which has a mission to help homeless veterans is revving up its efforts to get them off the streets.
URBANA -- An area woman is giving back by clipping hundreds of newspapers at a time.
CHAMPAIGN -- The 108th Sustainment Brigade of the Illinois National Guard is shipping out overseas this month.
CHAMPAIGN -- As a veteran, this Hometown Hero is helping people on campus understand his comrades as they continue their education at UI.
RANTOUL -- Some veterans are stepping up and giving back to storm victims.
MONTICELLO -- An area man receives honors for his work as a veteran, but also as a large part of the community.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- This veteran's story just got a little better with a shiny, new medal added to his chest.
CHAMPAIGN -- These days the internet is full of bloggers. Some talk about fashion, others politics.
CHAMPAIGN -- The 21-gun salute, marching and folding the American flag.
SPRINGFIELD -- Many times coming back from war can be a hard transition for veterans.
CHAMPAIGN -- This Hometown Hero wound up serving in the military and becoming a firefighter afterwards.
CLEAR LAKE -- Life experience has trained this veteran to help those who've died serving our country, but as a Hometown Hero, the job doesn't stop there.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- She's served overseas, now this UI student is on a personal mission to put those skills to good use.
EAST PEORIA -- Students at a Central Illinois grade school are doing their part to help veterans in their town.
RANTOUL -- Earlier this week, you saw a few veterans who got to ride in an old military plane.
COLES COUNTY -- He puts his life on the line for his community every day. He says the military is what jump started decades of service.
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