Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

IDVA assists veterans and their families in navigating the system of federal state and local resources and benefits; by providing long-term health care for eligible veterans in the state’s Veterans’ Homes; and by partnering with other agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges.

​​​To assist veterans in navigating the complex web of services and benefits available, IDVA runs 49 full-time and 35 part-time (itinerant) offices in 80 out of the 102 counties. These offices are staffed by more than 60 individual Veteran Service Officers (VSO’s), fellow veterans who are experts on federal, state and local veteran resources. VSO’s are trained and accredited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to provide free assistance to veterans and their dependents and survivors.