Veteran Employment Benefits and Programs

For help in choosing or applying for any of these programs, contact the nearest Veteran Service Officer. Our VSO’s are ready and willing to assist in determining your eligibility, discussing available options, and submitting the appropriate application/s.
 

Resources for Illinois Businesses

 
Finding & Training Veteran Candidates

Both the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) offer comprehensive assistance to employers seeking to find, hire, and/or train veterans.  For more information, please visit Illinois Work Net at DCEO or the employer services page at IDES.

Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium

The Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium (IHHC) is a group of Illinois employers who recognize the great value veterans bring to the workplace and who thus operationalize the term "veteran-friendly" by committing to implement a series of military veteran recruitment, training, and retention practices - one in each of the aforementioned human resource category. Consortium members are then rewarded through no cost recruitment of veterans and the ability to exclusively display the IHHC logo, which will be a tell-tale sign to veterans and consumers that the company meets specific goals to be truly "veteran-friendly".  The Consortium will mobilize public attention and employer commitment to addressing the issue of veteran employment.  Employers interested in taking the pledge, and/or for further information on this great initiative, please click here.

Veteran-Owned Businesses

For resources, programs, and services available to veteran-owned businesses, please click HERE to visit IDVA's entrepreneurship page. 

Veteran's Tax Credit

Illinois employers can earn an income tax credit of up to $5,000 annually for hiring veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The credit is 20 percent of the total wages paid up to $5,000 to every qualified veteran hired after July 1, 2012.  Alternatively, Illinois employers can also earn an income tax credit of up to $1,200 annually for hiring veterans of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The credit is 10 percent of the total wages paid to every qualified veteran hired after January 1, 2010. Veterans must work at least 185 days during the tax year for the employer to qualify for the Veteran's Tax Credit.

In addition, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2007, and ending before January 1, 2010, the Veterans Tax Credit is 5 percent of qualified wages and may not exceed $600 per year for any veteran.  The Veteran’s Tax Credit can be claimed by employers on income tax returns.  To file for the Veteran’s Tax Credit, please visit the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and file Income Tax Form 1299-D for corporations, Income Tax Form 1299-C for individuals, or Income Tax Form 1299-A for partnerships and S corporations.  For further questions, please contact IDOR for additional information.
 
Lastly, the State of Illinois certifies businesses eligible for work opportunity tax credits available for veterans via the federal government.  Interested employers should contact the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) for further information.