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


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


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.



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

Armed Forces Vacation Club


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


Emergency financial assistance organization for Army members.

Army One Source


Database for links to obtain support in all fields.

Blinded Veterans Association


Organization of blinded veterans helping other blinded veterans.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service


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

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Disabled American Veterans


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

Great Lakes Naval Station

Homeless Veteran Assistance

Illinois Department of Employment Services


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

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

Illinois National Guard


Illinois National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

Telephone only: 217-761-3085

Illinois Warrior Program

Confidential Hotline: 866-554-4927

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

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America


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


Programs and support for Jewish veterans.

Joint Family Services


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


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


One-stop service guide for members of the military.'s free membership connects servicemembers, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, etc.

Military Homefront


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

An online support group for mothers of service members.

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National Center for PTSD


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

National Guard Family Program


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

National Military Family Association


Tips for those new to the military and military culture.

Operation Military Kids


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

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Paralyzed Veterans of America


Supporting research and providing programs for paralyzed veterans.

Purple Heart


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

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

Scott Air Force Base

Student Veterans of America

Supports student veterans and their clubs.

The Armed Forces Foundation


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


Wounded Warrior Project


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

U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance

Provides a legal assistance locator.

U.S. Department of Justice

Enforcement of laws protecting service members.

Until Everyone Comes Home


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

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Veterans Adjustment Counseling Service


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


Providing health care and wellness services to veterans.

Veterans Crisis Line

800-273-TALK (8255)

Confidential crisis hotline and online chat for veterans.

Veterans of Foreign Wars


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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