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Military roots nourish Elgin woman's veteran advocacy

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Founded in 1894 as an orphanage, the local charity ChildServ now provides a broad range of services in our communities, says trustee and active volunteer Joyce Carrasco of Elgin.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

As ChildServ's military programs manager, veteran Jacques René Hébert, left, goes over details for Saturday's military and veteran families fair in Palatine with fellow veteran and ChildServ President James C. Jones.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

A long way from her civilian life as a lawyer, Air Force Capt. Sara Carrasco takes a breather while serving in Afghanistan.

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Four days before departing for dangerous military duty at an undisclosed location in the Middle East, Marine Lt. Col. Samuel Carrasco spends quality time with his young son, William.

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A trustee for ChildServ, Joyce Carrasco of Elgin says this 19th-century photograph showing the local charity at work is her favorite.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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Military service places a stress on families. No one knows that better than Joyce Carrasco of Elgin. Carrasco grew up in a military home, has two adult children currently serving in the military and sees the burden that can put on her grandchildren. "On my father's side, there were 11 children and all 11 children served in the military," says Carrasco. "The story goes that my grandmother had 11 Blue Stars in her window, and I cherish that story."
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    • Founded in 1894 as an orphanage, the local charity ChildServ now provides a broad range of services in our communities, says trustee and active volunteer Joyce Carrasco of Elgin.
    • As ChildServ’s military programs manager, veteran Jacques René Hébert, left, goes over details for Saturday’s military and veteran families fair in Palatine with fellow veteran and ChildServ President James C. Jones.
    • A long way from her civilian life as a lawyer, Air Force Capt. Sara Carrasco takes a breather while serving in Afghanistan.
    • Four days before departing for dangerous military duty at an undisclosed location in the Middle East, Marine Lt. Col. Samuel Carrasco spends quality time with his young son, William.
    • A trustee for ChildServ, Joyce Carrasco of Elgin says this 19th-century photograph showing the local charity at work is her favorite.
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