URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- A special honor for a University of Illinois student... U.S. Navy veteran and University of Illinois student Elizabeth Ambros is Illinois' "veteran of the month."
The award, given by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, honors veterans who serve their communities.
Savoy resident Ambros is secretary of the Illini Veterans, a student group. Every week, she updates members on benefits, employment and job training opportunities. Her volunteer activities include participating in care package drives for Illinois National Guard units and raising funds for veterans with housing needs.
She served as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman for more than six years, including an assignment as the senior medical provider in more than 60 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Ambros will be honored at a ceremony Monday at the Illini Union building in Urbana.