Resources

Department of Veterans Affairs

Explore the resources available at the VA

My Health E-vet(ran) 

VA Benefit Letters (requires a DEERS account). This is one of the eBenefit services offered jointly by the VA and the DoD.

VA Crisis Line
+1-800-273-8255 then press 1

Burial Flags

DEERS/DMDC

You need a DEERS account to get VA benefit letters to apply for property tax relief (disabled 30% or more) or to get a Uniformed Services ID Card if you are 100% disabled.

If you qualify for a Uniformed Services ID card, then you need to go through DEERS to get one. For 100% disabled veterans, this card provides access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation resources at military bases. To get such a card, you need to get appropriate documentation and go to a local DEERS or military ID card location. For a 100% disabled veteran, that is a VA benfits letter show your 100% disability.

DuPage Veterans Assistance Commission

The mission of the Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage County, Illinois, 421 N County Farm Rd (in the rear of the second floor cafeteria, adjacent to the Illinois State Veterans Service Officer), Wheaton, IL 60187, +1-630-407-5655, is to provide emergency financial assistance to eligible, indigent veterans and their families. Honorably discharged Veterans with at least 181 day of active fedral duty who fall within income limits may be eligible for assistance. To seek first to understand and to improve the economic well being and quality of life for the veterans of DuPage County, who have served our country honorably, in the Armed Forces of the United States. The VAC also provides non-financial services and seeks to identify and provide for other needs that Veterans and their families may have.

DuPage Veterans Assistance Commission (continued)

 Are You a Veteran in the Need Of...

  • Emergency Housing
  • Transportation Needs
  • Food or Family Essentials
  • Burial Expenses
  • Advocacy Assistance
  • Mortgage or Rent Payments
  • Utility Payments
  • Work or Home Related Expenses
  • Emergency Prescriptions  

Cook: 118 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60602, +1-312-443-550
Lake: 20 S Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085, +1-847-984-5750
McHenry: 667 Ware Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098, +1-815-334-4229
Kane: 719 S Batavia Ave, Geneva, IL 60134, +1-630-232-3550
Kendall: 811 W John St #264, Yorkville, IL 60560, +1-630-553-8354
Will: 2400 Glenwood Ave, Joliet, IL 60435, +1-815-740-8389 

DuPage County Goverment Complex map

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

 

433 S Carlton Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187, +1-630-871-8387  Our Mission
To provide veterans and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency.
Our Vision
To ensure that no veteran is left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental-health issues. Our desire is to ease suffering for veterans and their families and to empower veterans to become productive members of their communities.

American Legion (National)

 The American Legion is organized into 55 departments, with one operating in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. Address:700 N. Pennsylvania St. P.O. Box 1055 

American Legion, Dept. of Illinois

American Legion, Department of Illinois, is divided into 5 divisions and 25 districts. Call: +1-309-663-0361 Email: hdqs@illegion.org Address: 2720 E Lincoln St, Bloomington, IL 61704
The map of the Department of Illinois' Divisions and Districts.

Cantigny Park and Golf

 Col Robert R. McCormick, owner of the Chicago Tribune (the World's Greatest Newspaper per its masthead) and of WGN radio and TV  bequested his estate to be a public park. This is the Cantigny Park and Golf of today. He was one of the many founders of the American Legion. He was instrumental in the founding of the Medill-Tribune Post 348 at the newspaper and of First Division Cantigny Post 556 at his estate. Cantigny Park is still Post 556's post home.

For honorably discharged veterans and currenty serving service people: The Cantigny Park Honor Club provides significant benefits and it's free.

The Park's make over is described in the linked webpage and illustrated in the linked, 9-minute Youtube video.

First Division Museum

 [Col Robert R. McCormick] took part in the capture of Cantigny, after which he named his farm estate in Wheaton, Illinois, and in the battles of Soissons, Saint-Mihiel, and the second phase of the Argonne. He served in the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, with the 1st Infantry Division. His service ended on December 31, 1918, though he remained a part of the Officers Reserve Corps from October 8, 1919 to September 30, 1929. Cited for prompt action in battle, he received the Distinguished Service Medal. Colonel McCormick provided an endowment for the First Division Museum, which was designed by architect Andrew Rebori. The museum has exhibits and artifacts chronicling the First Division's service history, not only in World War I, but also in World War II and later U.S. wars.

Vet Centers (a VA service)

We are the people in VA who welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.

DuPage County Vet Center
750 Shoreline Drive, Suite 150, Aurora, IL 60504
Phone: +1-630-585-1853 Or +1-877-927-8387
Fax: +1-630-585-1956

Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. In an effort to better serve the veteran and family members, upon request Vet Centers will provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends.

For assistance after hours, weekends, and holidays call: 1-877-WAR-VETS (+1-877-927-8387), the VA Crisis Line (after dailing, press 1).

Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs

Online Exchange

 Starting November 11, 2017, honorably-discharged veterans will be able to shop online on the AAFES electronic store. PX prices!