RANTOUL -- An 8-year old, from Paxton, went to Hardy's Reindeer Ranch for the reindeer. She never imagined what else she'd see, all the way from Afghanistan.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A UI student is stepping up to the plate to keep his fellow veterans in the swing of things.
DANVILLE -- A Central Illinois city is being recognized for honoring our Hometown Heroes.
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.
CHARLESTON -- When it comes to the best colleges for veterans, Eastern Illinois University is right up there.
DANVILLE -- An area veteran is fighting to make sure people with disabilities can attend sports games.
VERMILION COUNTY -- A 20-year old soldier is being honored with a purple heart.
DECATUR -- Millions around the world are remembering 9/11, including those right here in Central Illinois.
ILLINOIS -- The Illinois National Guard has to push back training for units across the state since it's run out of money to pay soldiers.
ROCK ISLAND -- An Illinois city is recycling to save lives.
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.
SPRINGFIELD -- Police departments are using more than just squad cars and guns in the fight against crime. Now, many are stepping up their game and going military.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- By the end of this year, tens of thousands of military service members will be heading home from overseas.
SPRINGFIELD -- Children of military members who've died will be able to apply for gold star license plates.
Jesse Miller from the U of I joins us to talk about MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) and how the heating element inside each one works to serve hot and ready meals to our military.
ILLINOIS -- More funding is on its way to help military programs.
MATTOON -- Many places have war memorials in town with names of men and women who died serving our country.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' military families are getting some added assistance from the state.
ILLINOIS -- The state has a new law in place to help children in military families enroll in school faster.
CHAMPAIGN -- It was 70 years ago was a day one area World War II veteran still remembers.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Memorial Day is a time when we honor those men and women who died serving our country.
CATLIN -- One of Central Illinois' Marine is back home safely after a tour overseas.
Update: 4:02 pm, 5/6/14, Tuesday ILLINOIS -- Legislation which aims to ease the transitions of military students moving in and out of Illinois' schools was in committee Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD -- His resume and title speak for itself. But, it's his philosophy which has gotten him to the top of Illinois' military command.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The future of our military was honored at UI Saturday.
ST. JOSEPH -- Her son was at Ft. Hood when a shooter opened fire. Now, she's dealing she's dealing with the tragedy which hit so close to home.
DECATUR -- Vietnam veterans got the chance to remember why they served this weekend when one of their own leaders was an honored guest.
DECATUR -- It's been 41 years since the Vietnam War ended.
THOMASBORO -- He led the church which protested hundreds of military funerals and families hope this man's death brings change.
CHARLESTON -- A Hometown Hero is using social media to honor fallen soldiers.
ILLINOIS -- The state is expanding what it calls the "Welcome Home Heroes" program.
RANTOUL -- A high school senior got a big surprise last Thursday.
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 -- Military members deployed overseas will get about 10,000 Chicago-style pizzas in time for Superbowl Sunday.
SPRINGFIELD -- They courageously serve our country, but their children sometimes take on the burden of that service role.
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.
DANVILLE -- It's not your typical high school curriculum, but a new class at Danville High School is getting students excited.
CHAMPAIGN -- A new assistant principal has some unique experiences to share with her students.
RANTOUL -- Volunteers are putting together a special delivery for troops this holiday season, but they need your help.
GIFFORD -- 11 storm survivors were given a gift for a very special reason.
CHAMPAIGN -- A local soldier is home and giving back to the community.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Some military alums received special honors Friday.
CHAMPAIGN -- People are working to send something special to troops overseas.
SPRINGFIELD -- It will soon be easier for some Illinois' veterans to get jobs right after being discharged.
CHAMPAIGN -- This Hometown Hero wound up serving in the military and becoming a firefighter afterwards.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- She's served overseas, now this UI student is on a personal mission to put those skills to good use.
NATIONAL -- President Obama and key lawmakers are seeking support for military action in Syria.
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.