CHICAGO (AP) - A U.S. Navy veteran from Chicago is being honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month.
The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs will recognize Marlene Julye at an event at Northeastern Illinois University on Wednesday.
The award is given to veterans who continue to serve their communities after leaving the service.
From 2004-2008, Julye served in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Back home, she has been active in the Student Veterans Club and keeps in contact with fellow student veterans at Northeastern.
The Veterans' Department says she also has an awareness of the challenges facing veterans adjusting to life back home.