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Please contact the Chamber office if you have any questions: (708) 532-5700
LOCAL VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS
*The following list has been compiled to offer assistance in finding services available to the Veteran community. This is not a complete list of Veteran organizations; inclusion of an organization does not constitute approval or endorsement by the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce.
- US Department of Veteran Affairs
Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
- ORLAND PARK VET CENTER (part of USDVA)
8651 W.159th Street, Suite 1
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 708-444-0561 or 877-927-8387
- VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
Vision: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
Local Post: Bremen VFW Post 2791
- AMERICAN LEGION
Mission: The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Local Post: American Legion Post 615
- Disabled Patriot Fund
Mission: The Disabled Patriot Fund was formed in 2004 by a group of area business people and local officials who came together because of a common interest ~ to help disabled American veterans who have fought in the War on Terrorism. As our mission statement explains, our common goal is to “provide financial relief for local U.S. military families who have been adversely affected by the War on Terror.”
Contact: Jeff Ficaro (312) 296-3646
10767 W. 163rd Place
Orland Park, IL 60467
- ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS
Mission: The mission of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is to empower veterans and their families to thrive. We do this by assisting them in navigating the system of federal state and local resources and benefits; by providing long-term health care for eligible veterans in our Veterans’ Homes; and by partnering with other agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges.
Who We Are
The IDVA team consists of more than 1,200 staff – many of whom are veterans – who are committed to serving the Illinois veteran community.
Veteran Service Officers
Veterans’ Home Staff
Special programs, including the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program & Veterans Cash
State-Approving Agency (SAA)
Who We Are Not
IDVA is NOT a part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA – or “the VA,” as it’s often termed). VA medical centers (Jesse Brown, Hines, etc.) and USDVA benefits (disability compensation, etc.) are administered and funded by the federal government. IDVA is an Illinois executive agency, funded and administered under the auspices of the Governor, and operates independently of USDVA.
While the USDVA provides the bulk of healthcare and financial benefits for the nation’s veterans, IDVA provides critical augmenting programs and services for Illinois veterans. Additionally, IDVA’s Veteran Services Officers are experts in both federal and state benefits and resources; they stand by to assist veterans in navigating and applying for USDVA and IDVA programs and benefits.
Illinois Warrior Assistance Program
Mission: The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program (IWAP) provides confidential assistance for returning Illinois veterans as they transition back to daily living after serving our country. IWAP is also available to family members including the spouse and child(ren) of eligible veterans.
Our goal is to help service members and their families deal with the emotional challenges they may be facing, especially when dealing with emotional challenges and struggles such as: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Anxiety Stress, Depression, Coping with daily emotions, Addictions and Substance Abuse, Overall emotional wellness
Phone: 866-554-IWAP (4927)
Operation Home Front
“Operation Home Front” was launched during the Gulf War to inform National Guard members and reservists about their rights under the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Civil Relief Act.
Chicago Office – Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 5-570
Chicago, IL 60601-3219
- Volunteers of America
Mission: At Volunteers of America, we are more than a nonprofit organization. We are a ministry of service that includes nearly 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those n need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.
Through our hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America touches the lives of more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico each year. Since 1896, we have supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart — and ultimately the spirit — of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.
Approximately 55,000 volunteers throughout the country help our employees deliver these life-changing services.
Volunteers of American Illinois
47 West Polk Street Suite 250-2
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 564-2300
General Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Illinois Joining Forces
Mission: Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a statewide, public-private network of veteran-and military-serving organizations. We collaborate in person and online to help service members, veterans, and their families navigate the “sea of goodwill.”
Illinois Joining Forces is a public–private partnership established by a joint Illinois Department of Military Affairs and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs effort that will strive to improve the quality of life for service members, veterans, and their families throughout the state.
Illinois Joining Forces
100 West Randolph, Suite 5-570
Chicago, IL 60601-3219
- I-SAVE Foundation (Warrior Summit Coalition)
Mission: To connect military, veterans and families to services and programs with benefits, employment, education, housing, legal, disabilities, mental health, family and children services and faith based organizations.
Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (I-SAVE) Foundation doing business as: Warrior Summit Coalition 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization that provides transition services to service members, veterans and their families. Warrior Summit Coalition (WSC) currently works with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, State of Illinois, City of Chicago, a host of veteran service organizations, businesses and educational institutions to combine all available resources in a centralized location for military veterans.
Main Office: 401 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL. 60611
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Mission: The Housing Service Area of Catholic Charities respects the dignity of human life and supports the basic need for shelter for families and individuals throughout the lifespan affirming dignity through housing which is affordable, supportive and within caring communities.
Housing Services provides dignified, safe and affordable housing for individuals and families across the lifespan. It includes four congregate emergency shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing in the scattered site model, (21) senior residences, one supportive living residence, two residences for persons with disabilities and one nursing home. Programs dedicated to Veterans include St. Leo Residence, Cooke’s Manor, Bishop Goedert Senior Residence, Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program and the Veterans Employment Program.
Contact: (Housing Services) (312) 655-7700
Local Office: 7000 W. 111th St., Suite 101, Worth, IL 60482
Teresa Rodriguez, Southwest Regional Director
Phone: (708) 430-0428