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Chicago Regional Benefit Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


Duane A. Honeycutt

Director: Duane A. Honeycutt

Duane Honeycutt was appointed Director of the Chicago Regional Office (RO) on Oct. 26, 2008. Mr. Honeycutt provides direction and oversight in the provision of benefits and services to the estimated 800,000 Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in Illinois.

Suzanne DeNeau

Assistant Director: Suzanne DeNeau

Suzanne DeNeau was appointed to this position in February 2013. She assists in the delivery of benefits to Veterans in the RO’s service area. Prior to this appointment, she was Veterans Service Center Manager at the Buffalo RO.

Julio A. Vela

Veterans Service Center Manager: Julio A. Vela

Julio A. “Tony” Vela has served in this position since 2010. He began his VA career in 2001 at the Waco RO as a Rating Veterans Service Representative. He served the U.S. Air Force from October 1980 to January 2002, when he retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Evan R. Lewis

Vocation Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Officer: Evan R. Lewis

Evan R. Lewis was appointed to this position in December 2008. He administers VR&E benefits and services. Mr. Lewis was formerly the VREO at the Fort Harrison and Anchorage ROs. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. He enlisted as an Infantry Squad Leader with the First Battalion Seventh Marines. While on active duty, he earned a meritorious field promotion, base citation, and campaign medals.