USO Pathfinder: Housing & Financial Readiness Workshop with David Piatek

This event last took place on Feb 22nd, 2020
10:00 AM CDT (1000R)

Are you a transitioning service member getting ready for the next chapter in life? Are you a veteran looking for more information on how to use your VA Home Loan benefit? Are you a military or veteran spouse wanting to gain expert advice on financial readiness and how to build great credit? If you’ve said YES to any of these, then you won’t want to miss this event!

The USO Pathfinder program is honored to bring in David Piatek, a current member of the US Army Reserves and Vice President of the Federal Savings Bank, to conduct a best-in-class workshop on how to elevate your home buying knowledge and how to take full control of your credit and finances.

USO Pathfinder clients, transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses are invited to register for this workshop at no cost and enjoy the benefits of learning first-hand from one of the leading veteran professionals in the industry today!


This is during chow time! Will there be food served? Did someone say BBQ? Yes! We will have lunch served after the first portion of the workshop is concluded around noon. If you only want to come for the Financial Readiness portion, arrive by noon to get lunch before the second portion of the workshop begins at 1pm!

How do I get on Naval Station Great Lakes if I do not have a valid military ID (currently serving or retired status)? The short answer is, we’ll come get you! We will plan to come as needed to pick folks up from the Visitor Center, which is less than a block from our USO Center. Please notify us if you need to be escorted on base. The longer answer for service-connected veterans…. “Beginning in 2020, The Defense Department has announced expanded commissary, Military Service Exchange and MWR access beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and established a standard for physical access to military installations. Veterans eligible solely under this act who are eligible to obtain a VHIC must use this credential for in-person installation and privilege access. The card must display the veteran’s eligibility status (e.g., Purple Heart, former prisoner of war or military-service connected). How to get a VHIC Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system to receive a VHIC. To enroll, complete an application for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a signed-paper application. Just call 877-222-VETS (8387) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. EST. Veterans can also apply for VA healthcare benefits online at, or in person at a local VA medical facility. Once enrollment is verified, veterans can have their picture taken at their local VA medical center, and VA will mail the VHIC.”

QUESTIONS? Please reach out to Justin Miller, USO Pathfinder Transition Program Manger for Illinois via phone at 312-777-3333.

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