The mission of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is to empower veterans and their families to thrive. We do this by assisting them in navigating the system of federal state and local resources and benefits; by providing long-term health care for eligible veterans in our Veterans’ Homes; and by partnering with other agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges.

Who We Are

The IDVA team consists of more than 1,200 staff – many of whom are veterans – who are committed to serving the Illinois veteran community.

Veteran Service Officers

Veterans’ Home Staff

Central Office

Special programs, including the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program & Veterans Cash

State-Approving Agency (SAA)

Grants/Records

Who We Are Not

IDVA is NOT a part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA – or “the VA,” as it’s often termed). VA medical centers (Jesse Brown, Hines, etc.) and USDVA benefits (disability compensation, etc.) are administered and funded by the federal government. IDVA is an Illinois executive agency, funded and administered under the auspices of the Governor, and operates independently of USDVA. 

While the USDVA provides the bulk of healthcare and financial benefits for the nation’s veterans, IDVA provides critical augmenting programs and services for Illinois veterans. Additionally, IDVA’s Veteran Services Officers are experts in both federal and state benefits and resources; they stand by to assist veterans in navigating and applying for USDVA and IDVA programs and benefits. 

24 Hour Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255 Press 1

EMPLOYMENT

Illinois Employment

Employer Tax Credit

Illinois Work Net

Work 4 Illinois

Illinois State Police Jobs

IDNR Office of Law Employment Jobs

Illinois Department of Public Health

CDL Skills Test Waiver Program

Veteran-Owned Businesses

State Employment Licenses

Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs

EDUCATION

Illinois Educational Benefits

Illinois Education Directory

Illinois Apprenticeships/ On-the-Job Directory

Yellow Ribbon Program

MIA/POW Scholarship

MIA/POW Scholarship form

Educational Opportunities for Children (Age: 10-18)

Credit for Military Learning

Educational Opportunities for Children application form

IDES Apprenticeship Information Center Program

HEALTHCARE

Veterans Care

Illinois Veterans Care

Family & Support

Illinois Warrior Program

Illinois Veterans Health Administration

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

WOMEN VETERANS

Women Vetreprenurship Program

USDVA Women Veterans Healthcare

Hines VA Hospital Women's Health

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Women's Health

Danville VA Women's Health

Business and Professional Women's Foundation

Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)

Women Veterans in Transition

Mentoring Plus

VA Domestic Abuse Awareness and Prevention

National Domestic Violence Hotline

VA Services for MST

VA MST and Mental Health Services

Service Women's Action Network (SWAN)

Find Your Local Female VSO

Women & Family Friendly Shelters

Follow Us On Facebook

Illinois Joining Forces – Women Veterans Working Group

Marion VA Medical Center

STATE BENEFITS

Illinois Veterans News

Bonus Application

Armed Forces Certificate

Service Member Compensation Bonus

Justice for Vets

Stateside Legal Help

Veterans Justice Outreach

Hometown Heroes

Illinois Joining Forces

Veteran Driver's License

Veterans Cash

Camping & Admission Fees

Hunting and Fishing Privileges

State Fair Fees

Warrior Assistance

Property Taxes

Veteran Mortgage Assistance Resources

Home Loan Guaranty Services

Stay Informed

Survivor & Burial Benefits

ILLINOIS VETERANS HOMES

Anna Veterans' Home

LaSalle Veterans' Home

Manteno Veterans' Home

Quincy Veterans' Home

Prince Home

Illinois Veteran Homes

CONTACTS

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

833 S SPRING , BOX 19432
SPRINGFIELD 62794 – 9432

217-782-6641

American Legion Department of Illinois
2720 E. Lincoln St
Bloomington, IL 61704

309-663-0361
309-663-5783 Fax
hdqs@illegion.org

American Legion Department of Illinois  Service Officer

Wayne Macejak
2122 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612

312-980-4266
312-706-6675 Fax
va&r@illegion.org

E-mail the Service Officer