Organization Resources for Veterans


The following are organizations that may be beneficial to veterans. You can view details for each specific organization by selecting the name below, or simply by scrolling down the page. These organizations are listed in alphabetical order.

American Legion

317-630-1200

www.legion.org

The nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.


American Red Cross

312-729-6100

www.redcross.org

When a military family experiences a crisis, the American Red Cross is there to assist by providing emergency communications twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. Other programs include holiday mail and financial assistance.


AMVETS

877-726-8387

www.amvets.org

Providing programs for veterans, including a Crisis Hotline (800-273-8255 then press 1)


Armed Forces Vacation Club

800-724-9988

www.afvclub.com

The Armed Forces Vacation Club® (AFVC) is a “space available” program that offers military and other Department of Defense-affiliated personnel the opportunity to enjoy vacations at popular destinations around the world — for the incredibly low price of just $369 USD per unit, per week.

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Army Emergency Relief

866-878-6378

www.aerhq.org

Emergency financial assistance organization for Army members.


Army One Source

877-811-ARMY

www.myarmyonesource.com

Database for links to obtain support in all fields.


Blinded Veterans Association

800-669-7079

www.bva.org

Organization of blinded veterans helping other blinded veterans.


Defense Finance and Accounting Service

888-332-7411

www.dfas.mil

Providing payment services for the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Disabled American Veterans

877-426-2838

www.dav.org

Dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families.


Great Lakes Naval Station

www.cnic.navy.mil/greatlakes


Homeless Veteran Assistance

www.va.gov/homeless


Illinois Department of Employment Services

800-244-5631

www.ides.illinois.gov

IDES provides unemployment insurance (UI), employment services and guidance to workers, job seekers, and employers through a statewide network of IDES offices and Illinois workNet centers.

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Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

www2.illinois.gov/veterans

Assists veterans and their dependents and survivors in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to under state and federal laws.


Illinois National Guard

800-732-8868

www.il.ngb.army.mil


Illinois National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

Telephone only: 217-761-3085


Illinois Warrior Program

Confidential Hotline: 866-554-4927

www.illinoiswarrior.com

Helping service members and their families deal with the emotional challenges they face.

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

212-982-9699

www.iava.org

IAVA programs empower our community online and offline, and include Smart Job Fairs, our signature New GI Bill calculator and Community of Veterans, a veterans only social network.


Jewish War Veterans

202-265-6280

www.jwv.org

Programs and support for Jewish veterans.


Joint Family Services

301-836-8175

Offers programs such as Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves, National Guard Family, Financial Management Awareness, Psychological Health, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Warrior Support.


Joliet Junior College Veterans Alliance

773-379-1084

www.jjc.edu/student-life/clubs-orga/veterans-alliance

Joliet Junior College student veterans organization providing support for JJC student veterans and community veterans and supporters or family members.

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Military One Source

1-800-342-9647

www.militaryonesource.mil

One-stop service guide for members of the military.


Military.com

www.military.com

Military.com's free membership connects servicemembers, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, etc.


Military Homefront

1-800-342-9647

www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil

MilitaryHOMEFRONT is the Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers.


Military Moms

www.militarymoms.net

An online support group for mothers of service members.

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National Center for PTSD

802-296-6300

www.ptsd.va.gov

Research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


National Guard Family Program

703-607-5411

www.jointservicessupport.org/FP

Support to family members every step of the way on their unique journey with the Illinois National Guard.


National Military Family Association

703-931-6632

www.militaryfamily.org

Tips for those new to the military and military culture.


Operation Military Kids

217-265-8209

www.operationmilitarykids.org

Reaches out to geographically dispersed youth of the Army Reserve and National Guard.

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Paralyzed Veterans of America

800-424-8200

www.pva.org

Supporting research and providing programs for paralyzed veterans.


Purple Heart

703-354-2140

www.purpleheart.org

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action.


Rock Island Arsenal

www.riamwr.com

The Arsenal Club is a great place to meet up with friends.


Scott Air Force Base

www.scott.af.mil


Student Veterans of America

www.studentveterans.org

Supports student veterans and their clubs.


The Armed Forces Foundation

202-547-4713

www.armedforcesfoundation.org

Providing comfort and solace to members of the military community through financial support, career counseling, housing assistance and recreational therapy programs.

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TriCare North Region — HealthNet

877-874-2273

www.healthnetfederalservices.com


Wounded Warrior Project

630-522-4774

www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Raising awareness and enlisting the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.


U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance

www.legalassistance.law.af.mil

Provides a legal assistance locator.


U.S. Department of Justice

www.servicemembers.gov

Enforcement of laws protecting service members.


Until Everyone Comes Home

888-484-3873

www.uso.org

Lifting the spirit of military personnel through programs and entertainment around the world.

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Veterans Adjustment Counseling Service

800-827-1000

www.vetcenter.va.gov

Offers a wide range of services to help you make a successful transition from military to civilian life. Services include: individual & group counseling; marital and family counseling; bereavement counseling; medical & benefits referrals; employment counseling.


Veteran Administration

800-827-1000

www.va.gov

Providing health care and wellness services to veterans.


Veterans Crisis Line

800-273-TALK (8255)

www.veteranscrisisline.net

Confidential crisis hotline and online chat for veterans.


Veterans of Foreign Wars

816-756-3390

www.vfw.org

Fostering camaraderie among veterans of foreign wars and providing assistance to troopers and their families.

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Informational Videos


Below are clips of veterans stories, stigmas of what civilians have about Veterans, and what some places are doing to support Veterans transition

Things Civillians Say to Veterans

This is a humorous video made by Veterans about the stigmas non-veterans have about them. This was important to address those stigmas because so many don’t realize how they sound to a veteran.

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Student Veterans Center

This is a video of Prairie State Colleges programs and Veterans Center and it shows great things that can be done to support veterans’ transition back to the private sector.

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High Stress Training

This link is a short video of Marine Drill Instructors stressing a recruit. It shows some of the high stress training to prepare them for combat stresses that keep them always at a heightened state of alertness.

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