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​Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs

Special
Programs

  • Honor 200 Veterans

    ​The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Illinois Bicentennial Committee will honor the work of 200 veterans from across the State of Illinois, Whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty.

    Click to see the Honorees.

  • Veterans & Business Award

    Nominate a Veteran and/or a Business who has made significant contributions in volunteer work in support of veterans and/or the military.​

  • Veteran Driver's License

    The veteran’s designation will help ensure our military veterans receive the services and benefits for which they are entitled. First, veterans must visit their nearest IDVA Veteran Service Officer and get their DD-214 certified.

  • Illinois Joining Forces

    Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a joint Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Department of Military Affairs (DMA) effort designed to better serve veterans, service members, and their families throughout the state.

  • Upcoming Events

    ​Stay up to date with the events and programs coming up by viewing the Department's event calendar.

  • Serving Those Who Served

    ​Serving Those Who Served is a week of service created to thank service men and women, our veterans, and their families. This November, people all over the state of Illinois will spend the 11/05 – 11/12 engaged in volunteer service projects focused on benefiting our heroes!

Illinois Warrior Assistance Program (IWAP)

​Call 866-554-4927 any time day or night.

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The IWAP program is a confidential program with services provided by Magellan Health. The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) is NOT part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA - or "the VA", as it's often termed). IDVA is an Illinois executive agency administered and funded by the Governor and operates independently of the USDVA. Any help or assistance you receive is confidential, and will not be reported to the U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs unless you instruct us to do so, or as required by law. For more information, visit the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program.

 Locate Veterans Service Offices

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.

Find a VSO

There are many ways to access our VSO’s.

The easiest method is to Stand Up and Be Counted by providing IDVA with basic contact information on this web form; you will receive a phone call from your nearest VSO within 24 hours. For more information, visit the VSO page.

 IDVA Employment

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As a state agency under the jurisdiction of the Governor, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is required to comply with established hiring criteria when selecting individuals for employment.

For posting and application information for opportunities that exist within the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and all other agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor, please visit the Work.Illinois.gov website.

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is an equal opportunity employer.