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
- Central Office
- 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