There are two Maywoods in Illinois. One is a 2.72 square-mile small town nine miles west of downtown Chicago that has produced a circus of raw talent ranging from NBA players to activists, folk singers and Emmy award winning actors. The other is a Chicago suburb with a little less than 25,000 people struggling with crime, blight, housing issues, poverty, changing demographics and identity.
As President Obama announces more troops to come home from Afghanistan, a veteran from Chicago’s Austin neighborhood says the Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t doing enough. So he’s running his own service organization hand-to-mouth.