Chicago area veterans don’t need to go far to find support when they need it. Facilities and organizations located throughout the city are dedicated to helping service members access the housing, employment, education and health benefits to which they are entitled.
Veterans living in Chicago can visit the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center to access a variety of medical and mental health services. The center also offers individualized physical, occupational and rehabilitative therapy plans that can help to improve quality of life for injured vets. Chicago residents who don’t have a reliable means of transportation can reach the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at 820 South Damen Avenue via the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) public transportation system. Patients can travel by rail via the CTA Blue Line or take one of several bus routes that service the hospital. The center also operates a shuttle service with stops in Crown Point and Lake County.
The Chicago Office of Veterans Affairs helps connect veterans with local benefit programs, improving their standard of living through health, housing and educational services. Vets and their families can either visit the main office at 2102 West Ogden Avenue or contact one of six conveniently located Community Service Centers to access these services.
The Chicago Regional Benefits Office, located at 2122 West Taylor Street, helps local veterans to learn more about how to improve their personal and financial situation through counselling and education programs. The office also provides specialized outreach services for women, minorities, and homeless veterans.
The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is dedicated to assisting veterans who are in the process of applying for VA benefits. The department partners with other agencies and nonprofit groups to provide support programs for veterans living throughout Illinois. Vets and their families can visit one of more than a dozen Veteran Service Offices located in and around Chicago to learn more about education, housing, employment opportunities, and financial aid programs.
There are more than a dozen Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) posts located throughout the city of Chicago. The VFW employs trained service officers that are able to help veterans and their families file for disability compensation, pension and death benefits, employment and educational programs, and more. Some posts also organize events and activities where veterans can meet and socialize.
Veterans suffering from depression or PTSD can turn to the Illinois branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to access counselling, support and outreach programs. Veterans who need immediate assistance can reach the Veterans Crisis phone line at 800-273- 8255 to speak with a trained representative.
Each year, families living throughout Illinois participate in the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Serving Those Who Served Program. State residents spend an entire day giving back to the men and women who have served our country by participating in volunteer service projects that benefit local veterans. Illinois also honors its outstanding veterans with the Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education.
For more information on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and to learn how it can help pay for assisted living, please visit VeteranAid.org.
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