Psalm 20:8

[Evil people] will collapse and fall. But we will rise and stand upright - Psalm 20:8

Murder rates in Chicago

Murder rates in Chicago vary greatly depending on the neighborhood in question. Many neighborhoods on the South Side tend to be poorer, less educated, predominantly African American, and infested with street gangs.[8] The neighborhoods of Austin on the west side and Englewood on the near South Side, for example, have homicide rates that are 10 times higher than other parts of the city.[9] Violence in these neighborhoods has had a detrimental impact on the academic performance of children in schools, as well as a higher financial burden for school districts in need of counselors, social workers, and psychiatrists to help children cope with the violence.[10]


Life in Chicago

Now living in the Edgewater district, on the North side of Chicago. I've been here for 3 days now, and slowly getting adjusted. I've ran every day, to get use to what's in the area. I start school in June, at Harold Washington College. I will be going for my Associates in Applied Science degree. I hope to work on base some day, in the substance field, and help military members get on the right track, and live a healthier lives. As for benefits, I applied for my 9/11 GI Bill, which pays 100% tuition, and fees, along with 1,000 per year, for books and supplies. Including a basic housing allowance of 1,600 per month. Even applied for the Illinois Veterans Grant. I'm looking forward to this start, and also where it will take me in the future. Cost of living is a lot different than Hawaii, but I do have a interest in moving back, once I get my education.


Fry Scholarship

Fry Scholarship The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) pays eligible dependents up to 36 months of the full, 100% level, of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This includes the tuition and fee payment, a monthly housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend. For more information on payment rates click here. The Fry Scholarship is available for children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. For more information click here.

Illinois Veterans' Grant (IVG) Program


The Illinois Veterans' Grant (IVG) Program pays tuition and certain fees at all Illinois state-supported colleges, universities and community colleges for eligible Illinois veterans. An individual must:
.Be an honorably discharged veteran; and
.Reside in Illinois six months before entering the service; and
.Have at least one full year of active duty in the U.S. Armed
Forces. This includes veterans who were assigned to
active duty in a foreign country in a time of hostilities in that country,
regardless of length of service; and
.Return to Illinois within six months of discharge from the service; and

Applications and additional information are available from the VSO Offices of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, college financial aid offices or the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), 1755 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, 60015, telephone 847-948-8550 or 800-899-ISAC, www.collegezone.com.