State Benefits

The State of Illinois is committed to making sure that their military heroes and families receive the benefits they rightfully deserve when they return home. In addition to the federal benefits available, Illinois has a number of its own benefits for the states veterans and family members including compensation, education, burial, employment, real estate, and permits.

Veteran Drivers 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.

Military Records

Assisting veterans to obtain a set of duplicate military awards, acquire copies of their service records and service treatment records, submit discharge document upgrades, and request updates to their DD-214s, such as the receipt of a campaign medal after discharge.

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.

Illinois Warrior Assistance Program (IWAP)

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.

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

Veteran Service Offices

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 11/05 – 11/12 engaged in volunteer service projects focused on benefiting our heroes!

IDVA Employment

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.

Veterans & Business Awards

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

Veteran Entrepreneurs

Veteran Entrepreneurs is an IDVA and CMS jointly-led initiative (originally launched in June 2012) that brings together pertinent government agencies, educational institutions, trade associations, business sector experts, and employers to educate returning servicemembers and veterans regarding resources and advancement opportunities available to veteran-owned businesses.