Veterans, Service Members & Family Resources

If you are need of immediate help, please call 9-1-1,

the Veteran Crisis Center at (800) 273-8255,
or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8235.
All are available toll-free 24 hours, 365 days a year.

Additional support is provided at the following organizations:

American Legion

https://www.legion.org/ 
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 service members and veterans.

Cook County Surviving Spouse Tax Abatement

https://www.cookcountyboardofreview.com/about/surviving-spouse-abatement 
The Cook County Board of Commissioners has passed an ordinance to authorize property tax abatement for the surviving spouses of Cook County’s fallen heroes. The program serves surviving spouses of a fallen police officer, soldier or rescue worker. The Cook County Board of Review administers the program for Cook County, and also for the City of Chicago that has a similar program.

Evanston Vet Center

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=5048
1901 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 60602
(847) 332-1019
Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families.

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) 

https://www2.illinois.gov/veterans/Pages/default.aspx 
Phone (Within Illinois): 800-437-9824
Phone (Out-of-State): 217-782-6641
TDD: 217-524-4645
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) mission is to empower veterans and their families to thrive.  We assist navigating the federal, state, local government resources to obtain their earned 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 challenges. Access website to locate nearest Veteran Service Officer.

Illinois Joining Forces (IJF)

 illinoisjoiningforces.org/ 
(833) INFO-IJF
Illinois Joining Forces serves as a statewide public-private partnership that promotes the efficient delivery of Growth and Wellness initiatives for service members, veterans, and their families at the community level throughout the State of Illinois. 

Morton Grove American Legion Post 134

http://www.mortongrovepost134.org/ 
Local American Legion Post available to assist veterans and their families.

Niles Memorial VFW Post 3579 

vfwpost3579.org 
Local VFW Post available to assist veterans and their families.

The Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center

roadhomeprogram.org 
Phone: (312) 942-8387 (VETS)
The Road Home Program provides treatment for PTSD, MST and other mental health issues through comprehensive, evidence-based treatment in a safe and supportive environment. See the Road Home Program brochure here.

Veterans of Foreign Wars 

www.vfw.org 
Illinois State Contact: (217) 529-6688 |  Email: vfwil@vfwil.org  | www.vfwil.org 
Our 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.