Ameren plans veterans program in Granite City

COLLINSVILLE — Disabled veterans and active military personnel in Ameren Illinois’ service territory are eligible to receive energy bill payment grants and specialized services at one of six outreach events the company hosts in June.

“Ameren Illinois has a long tradition of supporting our country’s military. We are proud to serve those who serve our country by providing a variety of programs and benefits to serving military members and veterans,” said Joe Solari, Vice President of Customer Experience for Ameren Illinois. “Our hope is that we will be able to answer questions and provide payment and potential bill assistance to our disabled veterans, providing them with additional financial flexibility to cover other essential needs such as food and medication.”

The first of the programs is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 21 at the Disabled American Veterans Club, 3400 Century Drive, Granite City.

The first 100 participants will receive a free Ameren Illinois Storm Preparedness Kit. Applications will be accepted for the Ameren Illinois Military Support Program, an energy grant of up to $100 to help defray energy costs for qualified service members and disabled veterans.

Customer service representatives will be on hand to answer questions regarding energy bills. General information will be provided on client programs such as Warm Neighbor, Cool Friends and AIMS. Energy efficiency tips, rebates and incentives, as well as free LED bulbs, will be available.

To apply for an AIMS grant, applicants should bring a copy of their Department of Defense Form 214 (DD-214) or letter of release (must be honorably discharged) along with one of the following:

• A copy of their letter of award if their disability is related to military service

• A copy of their Social Security disability letter if their disability is not military related.

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