A southern Illinois native will help Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker's transition team be prepared to serve veterans right out of the gate.
Pritzker and Lt. Governor-elect Juliana Stratton announced the members of the Serving Illinois' Heroes Committee.
One of the members is Desoto native Will Attig, who now lives in the Washington, D.C. area as executive director of the Union Veterans Council.
"What this committee is is really a working group, a very diverse group of veterans, veteran lawmakers and individuals from the community that are going to be setting out a set of agenda items that the new administration will be looking at to support veterans in Illinois."
Attig says this committee fits perfectly with Pritzker's overall agenda of moving Illinois forward.
"I think that this committee is a great way to improve the lives of the veterans that live in Illinois, not just the younger generation of veterans, but our veterans that are retiring, the Vietnam veterans that are entering retirement age right now that we still need to make sure that we take care of."
Attig says Pritzker's formation of this committee and his desire to modernize services for veterans are solid indications he'll be a good governor for them.
He is an Iraq War veteran who now works to help veterans transition back into civilian life by finding them jobs.