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.

Camping & Admission Fees

This benefit provides for the exemption of camping and admission fees for certain disabled persons and former prisoners of war who are Illinois residents and wish to camp in parks under the control of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Documentation is required. To apply, please contact IDVA's local Veteran Service Office.

Hunting and Fishing Privileges

Fishing and hunting licenses are not required for disabled veterans who are receiving 10% or greater service-connected compensation, or total disability pension benefits. To apply, please contact IDVA's local Veteran Service Office.

DNR Wildlife Dept updated their Hunting and Trapping Digest to reflect the changes from SB153

 DNR 2021 - 2022 HuntTrapDigest.pdf

State Fair

Honorably discharged veterans of all ages and their families shall be admitted FREE, when they properly identify themselves, on Veterans' Day at the fair. Veterans Day includes a day-long program of drum corps, drill teams, and color guard competition. Admission is FREE to people 60 and older on Senior Day. For dates, please check the Illinois State Fair Homepage.​​​