The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs' mission is to help veterans and their families thrive.
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The attack on Pearl Harbor, "a date which will live in infamy," changed the course of our nation. Let us remember those ...
12/07/2023

The attack on Pearl Harbor, "a date which will live in infamy," changed the course of our nation. Let us remember those whose lives were lost and those whose lives were changed forever.

12/07/2023
12/05/2023
12/04/2023

Today Governor JB Pritzker, IDVA Director Terry Prince, and Gold Star Families lit the Gold Star Christmas Tree at the Lincoln Museum in Springfield. Please stop by to see the tree honoring Illinois' heroes and to visit the museum. Take a moment to view this special message from IDVA Director Terry Prince.

12/04/2023
Please enjoy the November edition of Veterans Connections where you will learn important information about veterans' ben...
11/28/2023

Please enjoy the November edition of Veterans Connections where you will learn important information about veterans' benefits and IDVA programs and events:https://veterans.illinois.gov/content/dam/soi/en/web/veterans/about-us/communications/documents/vetconnections-nov23.pdf

11/27/2023

Join thousands of people around the state in sending holiday messages to veterans.

11/24/2023

Please view this message from Director Terry Prince invited people to join in Operation Rising Spirit - a letter writing campaign to bring joy to Illinois veterans.

11/23/2023

Please view this Thanksgiving message from Director Prince.

11/22/2023

Please view this Thanksgiving message from Director Terry Prince.

11/21/2023

The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program (IWAP) offers a 24/7 warm helpline with care coordinators providing confidential high-touch resource navigation and case management assistance for Illinois veterans family members including the spouse and child(ren) and care givers of eligible veterans.

As the holidays approach, we recognize this can be a challenging time for many. We support our Illinois Veterans and their families through the emotional challenges of life’s transitions and impacts of PTSD, TBI, and other emotional challenges they may be facing. If this sounds like you or someone you know, call IWAP any time to get connected. Call (877) 455-IWAP (4927) or visit illinoiswarrior.org

**IWAP warm helpline is NOT a hot line, crisis line or su***de prevention line. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please call 988 and select 1 or in an emergency call 911

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Team IDVA was across Illinois honoring veterans at parades, events, and programs. It was a wonderful day to demonstrate ...
11/12/2023

Team IDVA was across Illinois honoring veterans at parades, events, and programs. It was a wonderful day to demonstrate gratitude and appreciation for those who sacrificed for our nation.

11/10/2023

Please listen to this special Veterans Day Message from IDVA Director Terry Prince.

As shared by General Smith, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, "For 248 years, Marines have earned a reputation as the...
11/10/2023

As shared by General Smith, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, "For 248 years, Marines have earned a reputation as the most disciplined and lethal warfighters in the world. This legacy of honor, courage, and commitment passed on to us was paid for in sweat, blood, and sacrifice." IDVA is proud to employ many Marine Corps veterans who continue their service by serving veterans. Happy Birthday, Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis

Exciting construction progress at the Veterans' Home at Quincy.
11/08/2023

Exciting construction progress at the Veterans' Home at Quincy.

Work on the more than $200 million project is nearly 75% complete.

The Illinois Lottery Ticket Winter Riches benefiting veterans’ programs is now available at 7,000 retail stores across t...
11/08/2023

The Illinois Lottery Ticket Winter Riches benefiting veterans’ programs is now available at 7,000 retail stores across the state. The $2 ticket provides players a chance to win up to $20,000 while 100 percent of the profits from ticket sales are directed to veterans programs through IDVA’s Veterans’ Cash Grants. Launched in 2006, the ticket has generated more than $21 million for nearly 400 veterans’ organizations. IDVA Director Terry Prince and Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays launched the ticket and are excited about the continued partnership in supporting Illinois veterans. To learn more about Veterans’ Cash Grants and if your organization may qualify, visit: https://veterans.illinois.gov/programs/veterans-cash.html
For more information on the Illinois Lottery, visit: www.illinoislottery.com

GI Bill benefits help you pay for college, graduate school, and training programs. Education leads to roads never expect...
11/04/2023

GI Bill benefits help you pay for college, graduate school, and training programs. Education leads to roads never expected and dreams realized. Since 1944, the GI Bill has helped qualifying veterans and their family members get money to cover all or some of the costs for school or training. Reach out to IDVA to see how we might help you uncover education and training to open new doors and adventures. https://veterans.illinois.gov/services-benefits/education/state-approving-agency-g-i-bill.html

Throughout November we especially recognize the dedication and sacrifice of military families. They support and stand by...
11/01/2023

Throughout November we especially recognize the dedication and sacrifice of military families. They support and stand by their service member through deployments, training, and day-to-day commitments. They understand the risks and a life of service.

“Building connections, sharing resources, and finding strength together helps   fight isolation and know they aren’t alo...
11/01/2023

“Building connections, sharing resources, and finding strength together helps fight isolation and know they aren’t alone. is a time for everyone to familiarize themselves with the programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured service members and their caregivers. https://www.health.mil/warriorcare”

Please enjoy the October edition of Veterans Connections where you will learn important information about veterans' bene...
10/27/2023

Please enjoy the October edition of Veterans Connections where you will learn important information about veterans' benefits and IDVA programs and events.https://veterans.illinois.gov/content/dam/soi/en/web/veterans/about-us/communications/documents/VetConnections-Oct23.pdf

Thank you to Northern Region Supervisor Melissa Beckford for sharing her service story at the Veterans Town Hall at the ...
10/27/2023

Thank you to Northern Region Supervisor Melissa Beckford for sharing her service story at the Veterans Town Hall at the Pritzker Military Museum.

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