- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is being honored by the White House.

Director Erica Borggren was named a Woman Veteran Champion of Change. She’s one of several people nationwide receiving the honor. In a news release, state officials say there’ll be a Tuesday event recognizing her at the White House.

Borggren was recognized for her leadership in creating public-private networks to help service members, veterans and their families.

Gov. Pat Quinn says Borggren is an example of veterans bringing back to the community when they leave service.

Borggren is a graduate of West Point who served in the U.S. Army. She was a former aide to Army General David Petraeus.

She was appointed as director of Illinois’ veterans department in 2011.

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