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DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE NEARLY 1,052 VETERAN'S BENEFITS ENTITLEMENTS?
The Veterans Benefits section is dedicated to all those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, albeit recently, or more than 50 years ago, and was prepared to help Veterans understand what Veterans Benefit entitlements are available to them, their survivors, and their dependents, and most important, where and how to apply.
Certain benefit entitlement programs require a Veteran to apply within a specified time period. Other benefit entitlement programs have no time restrictions as to when a Veteran can apply.
Download to view or print 2002 Edition Booklet - "Federal Benefits
for Veterans and Dependents", 118 pages. http://www.va.gov/pubaff/fedben/Fedben.pdf
Veterans Benefits Timetable Handout (2 pages) http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/21-0501.pdf
Whenever you want more information about
Veteran's Benefits, always contact either a V.A. Benefits Counselor at
the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) Regional Office in your State;
a Veteran's Service Officer at the State Dept. of Veterans' Affairs office
near your home of residence; or your County Veteran's Assistance Commission
FEDERAL VETERANS' BENEFITS
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The United States Department of Veterans' Affairs ( formerly the
Veterans' Administration ) is responsible for administering all Federal
Veterans' Benefit Entitlement Programs for Veterans and
V.A. Benefits Administration Home Page - Veterans Benefits Information www.va.gov
V.A. Benefit Application On-Line Forms www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp
V.A. Benefits Application Forms (Hard Copy) http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms1.htm
V.A. Education Benefits http://www.gibill.va.gov/education/benefits.htm
(Note: These benefits may be used for College, Cooperative Education, Approved Correspondence Programs, Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training Programs, and Flight School Programs if approved by the V.A.)
Montgomery G.I. Bill Chapter 30 - Active Duty http://www.gibill.va.gov/education/News/Ch30Rates010102.htm
of Public Law 107-103 enacted December 27, 2001. (Posted
Rate increase, Restoration of Entitlement, Accelerated Payments, Expansion of Work-Study, Distance, Education and MORE.
of Public Law 107-107 enacted December 27, 2001. (Posted
Transferability of Benefits to Dependents.
Montgomery G.I. Bill for Reservists http://www.gibill.va.gov/Education/News/ch1606Rates100101.htm
V.A. Disability Compensation Entitlement Program & Non-Service Connected Pension Benefits http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/index.htm
V.A. Vocational Rehabilitation & Education http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm
V.A. Subsistence Allowance for Veterans Participating
in V.A. Vocational Rehabilitation & Education Programs
V.A. Home Mortgage Loans www.homeloans.va.gov
Veteran's Burial & Memorial Benefits www.cem.va.gov
On November 7, 2001, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), in St. Louis, have signed a "Memorandum of Agreement" to reduce a back log of 57,000 requests for Veteran's Records and eliminate this backlog within one year. Eventually NARA will provide a one-day turnaround for priority requests for Veterans Records and a five-day turnaround for routine requests. This will eliminate long delays now experienced by the V.A. when trying to process a Veteran's request for benefits. To read press release click here
V.A. Benefit On-Line Application For Benefits (via internet) www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp
V.A. Benefits Application Forms (Paper Hard Copy) http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms1.htm
Directory of Nationwide V.A. Facilities www.va.gov/sta/guide/home.asp?DIVISION=ALL
Ilinois Veterans desiring assistance obtaining Federal Veteran Benefits, described below at various web sites, should contact their local Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs or County Veterans Assistance Commission Offices.
Veterans residing in another state, or considering relocating to
another state, should contact the State Veteran Affairs or County Veterans
Assistance Commission offices in their area.
See www.piperinfo.com/state/index.cfm for more information.
ILLINOIS VETERANS BENEFITS
The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs is a State agency, with offices located in each county, that provides assistance to Illinois Veterans and their dependents obtain Federal and State Veterans' Benefit Entitlements.
If you reside in another state, or are planning to relocate and want to contact a State Department of Veteran Affairs Office in another office, click here
The following sites will provide you with more information about Illinois Veterans' Benefits:
Illinois Veterans' Benefits www.state.il.us/agency/dva/benefits/default.htm
Illinois Veteran Service Offices www.state.il.us/agency/dva/offices/default.htm
Illinois Veterans' Homes www.state.il.us/agency/dva/homes/default.htm
Illinois Veterans who attend ISAC approved state-controlled colleges, universities or community colleges may be eligible to use the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) or the IllinoisNational Guard Grant (NG).
Complete list of ISAC approved schools in Illinois http://www.isac1.org/download/schlist.pdf
DOWNLOAD IVG APPLICATION
DOWNLOAD IL NAT'L GUARD GRANT APPLICATION
Internet Links to all Illinois College websites www.isac1.org/ilcol/ilcol.html
WERE TO GO TO APPLY FOR VETERAN'S
Need A Map?
The following Federal and State agencies provide assistance to Veterans and their dependents apply for wide range of benefit entitlement programs, such as V.A. disability compensation, Non-Service connected pension, eligibility for V.A. Hospital and Outpatient care, Education benefits, admission to a Veterans Home. Overall there are nearly 1,052 different entitlement programs. All Veterans should bring a 'certified copy' of their D.D. Form 214 when inquiring about benefits.
United States Department of Veteran Affairs (V.A.) www.va.gov
P.O. Box 8136 536 S. Clark Street
Chicago, Il 60680 Phone: 1 800 827-1000
Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs www.state.il.us/agency/dva/vetbenassist/default.htm
Kane/Kendall/De Kalb Co.
322 W. State St.
Geneva, Il 60134 Phone: 630 232-0948
Du Page Co.
421 County Farm Rd. Room 1-800
Wheaton, Il 60187 Phone: 630 690-9449
VAMC North Chicago
3001 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, Il 60064 Phone: 847 623-3290
424 W. Main
Ottawa, Il 61350 Phone: 815 434-0113
109 S. Jefferson - Suite #1
Woodstock, Il 60098 Phone: 815 338-9292
58 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, Il 60432 Phone: 815 727-6584
Directory of Illinois State Veteran Affairs offices: www.state.il.us/agency/dva/offices/default.htm
Directory of Nationwide State Veteran Affairs
VETERANS ASSISTANCE COMMISSION
Click Here for a Map and Driving Instructions to these facilities
The Illinois Association of County Veterans Assistance Commission, Inc. (V.A.C.) is dedicated to assistance and support of the 1.1 million Illinois Veterans. The Veterans Assistance Commission is a seperate county government agency that is operated by Veterans for Veterans which works with Veterans to obtain Federal and County Veterans Benefit Entitlements, and provides needed services, including financial aid, veteran services and advocacy services to military Veterans and their families that reside in said county. The following is a list of local area county Veteran Assistance Commission Offices:
Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission
Superintendent: John Carr
Kane County Government Center
719 S. Batavia Ave (Rt.31), Bldg. A, Room G-27
Geneva, IL 60134 Phone 630 232-3550 Fax: 630 232-7027
Dupage County Veteran's Assistance
Superintendent: Ed Trowbridge
421 N. County Farm Road 1st Floor - North End
Wheaton, Il 60187 Phone: 630 682-7566 Fax: 630 682-7569
Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission
Superintendent: Martin Rue
301 Washington St.
Waukegan, Il 60085 Phone: 847 360-6370 or 847 360-6371 Fax: 847 360-3188
Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County
Superintendent: James Doran
2200 N. Seminary Ave
Woodstock, Il 60098 Phone: 815 334-4229 Fax: 815 338-5021
Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County
Superintendent: James Denbow
128 N. Scott St.
Joliet, Il 60432 Phone: 815 740-8389 Fax: 815 740-4329
LINKS TO NATIONWIDE STATE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND COUNTY VETERANS ASSISTANCE COMMISSION'S VETERAN'S SERVICE OFFICERS http://www.vetsresource.com/
V.A. HEALTH CARE
V.A. HEALTHCARE ELIGIBILITY
Healthcare Eligibility http://www.va.gov/elig/
Healthcare Benefits http://www.va.gov/elig/page.cfm?pg=3
Changes to the V.A. Outpatient Co-payment Amounts effective December 6, 2001 http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/health/direct/12001072.pdf
Application for Health Benefits Form 10-10EZ www.va.gov/forms/medical/FormImageFiles/10-10ez.pd
Information Regarding Different V.A. Treatment Programs http://www.va.gov/About_VA/Orgs/vha/VHAProg.htm
ALSO SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TRICARE
HEALTH BENEFITS SHOWN BELOW
DIRECTORY OF V.A. INPATIENT
/ OUTPATIENT FACILITIES
Click here for a Map and Driving Instructions to these facilities
Edward Hines, Jr. V.A. Hosp.
Chicago-Lakeside V.A. Hosp
5th Avenue & Roosevelt Rd. 333 East Huron Street
Hines, Il 60141 Chicago, Il 60611
Phone: 708 202-8387 Phone: 312 943-6600
Chicago - West Side V.A. Hosp.
N. Chicago V.A. Medical Ctr.
820 South Damen Ave. 3001 Green Bay Road
Chicago, Il 60612 North Chicago, Il 60064
Phone: 312 666-6500 Phone: 847 688-1900
Aurora V.A. Outpatient Clinic
1700 N. Landmark Rd
Aurora, Il 60506 Phone: 630 859-2504
Elgin V.A. Outpatient Clinic
1231 W. Larkin Ave.
Elgin, Il 60123 Phone: 847 742-5920
Joliet V.A. Outpatient Clinic
2000 Glenwood Ave
Joliet, Il 60435 Phone: 815 744-0492
Oak Park Vet Center
149 S. Oak Park Ave
Oak Park, Il 60302 Phone: 708 386-3008
All Inpatient/Outpatient Facilities in Illinois http://www.va.gov/sta/guide/fac_list_by_state.cfm?State=IL&divisionid=1
Nationwide Listing of Inpatient/Outpatient Clinics
ATTENTION: VIET NAM VETERANS: See Important Information from Veterans Administration regarding the V.A., Agent Orange and Diabetes Mellitus II http://www.va.gov/opa/fact/Diabetes/index.htm
V.A. Health Care Programs for Senior Veterans www.va.gov/seniors/health
DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
READJUSTMENT COUNSELING SERVICE
VET CENTERS IN ILLINOIS
2038 W. 95TH STREET
CHICAGO, IL 60643
PHONE: 773 881-9900
SUPPORT FACILITY: WESTSIDE VAMC, CHICAGO
TEAM LEADER: GERALD HAYES, M.A.
1600 HALSTED STREET
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411
PHONE: 708 754-0340
SUPPORT FACILITY: LAKESIDE VAMC, CHICAGO
TEAM LEADER: BERNARD L. JONES, M.S.W
1269 N. 89TH STREET SUITE 1
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL 62203
PHONE: 618 397-6602
SUPPORT FACILITY: ST. LOUIS, MO VAMC
TEAM LEADER: ROSE JOHNSON, M.S.W.
585 HOWARD ST
EVANSTON, IL 60602
PHONE: 708 332-1019
SUPPORT FACILITY: NORTHSIDE VAMC, CHICAGO
TEAM LEADER: BETSY TOLSTEDT, PhD
155 S. OAK PARK AVE
OAK PARK, IL 60302
PHONE: 708 383-3225
SUPPORT FACILITY: HINES VAMC, HINES, IL
TEAM LEADER: BOB MATHES, LCSW
3310 N. PROSPECT STREET
PEORIA, IL 61603
SUPPORT FACILIITY: DANVILLE VAMC, DANVILLE
TEAM LEADER: RON HARRIMAN, M.S.W.
1529 16TH AVENUE ROOM 6
MOLINE, IL 61265
SUPPORT FACILITY: IOWA CITY, IA VAMC
TEAM LEADER: PATRICK WALSH, L.C.S.W.
624 S. 4TH STREET
SPRINGFIELD, IL 62702
PHONE: 217 492-4955
SUPPORT FACILITY: ST. LOUIS, MO VAMC
TEAM LEADER: DONA BUECHLER, R.N.
Directory of Nationwide VET CENTERS http://members.tripod.com/JonyBgde/vetscenters.htm
TRICARE FOR LIFE
The Department of Defense has implemented the most sweeping improvements to the DoD Health CareSystem for Military, National Guard and Reservist Retirees who are age 65 and eligible for Medicare, Parts A & B. The following links will help you understand this new program:
TRICARE Permanent Health Care Benefit (For Veterans Age 65 +) http://www.tricare.osd.mil
TRICARE for Life Benefits http://tricare.osd.mil/tfl/tfl_fact.html
TRICARE Brochure http://tricare.osd.mil/tfl/pdf/brochure4June.pdf
TRICARE Eligibility http://tricare.osd.mil/factsheets/factsheet3.pdf
TRICARE Senior Pharmacy Program HTTP://tricare.osd.mil/NewsReleases/news2001_15.htm
TRICARE Dental Program HTTP://tricare.osd.mil/NewsReleases/news2001_05_11.htm
LEGAL RIGHTS FOR VETERANS
National Veterans Legal Services Program www.nvlsp.org
Guide to Rights for Illinois Veterans www.ag.state.il.us/publications/veteransrights.htm
Veterans Rights Brochure www.ag.state.il.us/publications/vetsvc0500.pdf
Download a Copy of "Legal Rights for Illinois Veterans" http://www.ag.state.il.us/veterans/vetsrights.htm
Laws Protecting Military Personnel from Hardship http://www.illinoisbar.org/duty.html
WEB SITES FOR WOMEN VETERANS
Veterans House.Gov - Women Veterans (Issues, Legislation, Web Sites, and more) http://veterans.house.gov/issues/womenissues.htm
V.A. Programs and Initiatives For Women Veterans www.va.gov/womenvet/
Center for Women Veterans http://www.va.gov/womenvet/page.cfm?pg=14
Disabled Women Veterans www.militarywoman.org/disabled.htm
Women Disability Resources http://barbara_robertson.tripod.com/Women.html
LEGISLATION AFFECTING VETERANS
Status of Legislation Pending in U.S. Congress http://www.va.gov/OCA/Vet_Legis_USA.htm
U.S. House of Representatives - Committee on Veteran Affairs http://veterans.house.gov
U.S. Senate - Veterans' Affairs Committee (Bill Updates, Hearings,
SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ALL RESERVE AND NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Air, National Guard & Reserve
Family Readiness Programs
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS CIVIL RELIEF ACT
Attention: Active Duty, Reservists and National Guard Personnel
In light of recent Terrorist Attacks, many individuals will be called
to active duty. The follow information is
provided help you and your family in the event you are mobilized and deployed overseas. For further
information contact your Judge Advocate at your military base.
These links provide affected military personnel an overview, including
provisions and limitations of "The
Soldiers & Sailors Relief Act of 1940" that affords certain military personnel (including Reservists and
National Guard) and their families protections from evictions, foreclosures, repossessions and debt
collections while the person is serving duty away from home.
National Personnel Records Center
Duplicate Discharge, Military Records www.cem.va.gov/nprc.htm
Military Personnel Records, St. Louis, MO http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis.html
Information Regarding Military / Medical Records Lost in 1973 Record
and Alternate Places to Find those records http://www.cem.va.gov/nprc.htm
SF-180 Request for Duplicate Medical or Military Records and Discharge (DD214)
Front Page - http://www.archives.gov/publications/standard_forms/180_front.pdf
Back Page - http://www.archives.gov/publications/standard_forms/180_back.pdf
SF-180 - Fillable Form - http://www.archives.gov/publications/standard_forms/180_fillable.pdf
Duplicate Military Medals and Awards http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis/military_personnel_records/awards_and_decorations_content.html
On November 7, 2001, the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs (V.A.) and the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA), in St. Louis, have signed a "Memorandum of Agreement" to reduce
a back log of 57,000 requests for Veteran's Records and eliminate this
backlog within one year. Eventually NARA will provide a one-day turnaround
for priority requests for Veterans Records and a five-day turnaround for
routine requests. This will eliminate long delays now experienced
by the V.A. when trying to process a Veteran's request for benefits. To
read press release click
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS
If you are thinking of going into business for yourself, but are not sure how and where to start, here is a comprehensive guide to getting started, getting financing, obtaining legal advice, professional business counseling and advice, and numerous resources.
Small Business Administration Home page www.sba.gov
Starting Your Own Business www.sba.gov/starting
On-Line Library for Forms, Regulations,
Publications, Programs and more... www.sba.gov/library/forms.html
SBA Lending Programs www.sba.gov/vets/lending.html
SBA 7 (A) Loan Guarantee Program for Veterans www.sba.gov/financing/fr7aloan.html
SBA Classroom, Providing Information regarding SBA Classes for Small Businesses and Individuals wanting to go into business http://www.sba.gov/classroom/courses.html
Calendar of Events, Classroom Schedule of SBA Courses in Illinois http://app1.sba.gov/calendar/states/calendar.cfm?op=group&grp=25
Calendar of Events, Classroom Schedules of SBA Courses in each State http://www.sba.gov/calendar/
U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs (V.A.) assistance and opportunities
for Veteran-owned and Service-Connected Disabled Veteran-owned businesses.
SBA Services to Help Veterans Succeed in Business www.sba.gov/vets/services.html
WOMEN VETERANS IN
SBA Online Women's Business Center www.onlinewbc.org
Directory of Illinois Women's Business Centers in Illinois www.sba.gov/womeninbusiness/wbcs.html#il
Nationwide Directory of Women's Business Centers www.sba.gov/womeninbusiness/wbcs.html
WOMENBIZ - Gateway for women Veterans owned businesses www.womenbiz.gov
Service Corps of Retired Executives
The S.C.O.R.E. Association is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. S.C.O.R.E. is dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide. Their web site is: http://www.score.org
Business Links for Today's Entrepreneur http://www.score.org/businesslinks
Business Resources for Today's Entrepeneur http://www.score.org/resourceindex
To locate a local S.C.O.R.E. representative in your area: http://www.score.org/findscore
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
IL Dept. of Commerce & Community Affairs
Serving Communities Throughout Illinois http://www.commerce.state.il.us
Step by Step Guide to Starting or Expanding a Business in Illinois
Women's & Monority Business Assistance http://www.commerce.state.il.us/doingbusiness/Wom_Min/women.htm
Illinois Communities On-Line http://www.commerce.state.il.us/doingbusiness/Locate/community_websites.htm
Obtaining Licences and Permits http://www.commerce.state.il.us/doingbusiness/First_Stop/Permits.htm
Illinois Business Services - provides resources to assist with planning,
financing, technical assistance, registration, taxes, labor statistics
and other information you need to make your business a reality:
VETERANS ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
American Legion www.legion.org
American Legion Service Officers http://www.legion.org/our_legion/ol_dsodir.htm
AMVET Service Officers http://www.amvets-ny.org/Shared/officers_service.html
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) www.dav.org
DAV Veteran Service Officers www.davmail.org/directories/nsodir.asp
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) www.vfw.org
VFW Service Officers http://www.vfwdc.org/NVS/sor.htm
APPEALING V.A. DENIAL OF REQUEST FOR BENEFITS
If you are not satisfied with
the V.A.'s decision regarding your application for Veterans Benefits, determined
by a V.A. regional office, medical facility or other local V.A. office)
you may appeal it's decision. Contact a Veteran Service Office at
one of the Veteran's Organizations listed above for assistance preparing
your appeal and submission of V.A.
Form 9, "Appeal to Board of Veterans' Appeals".
For further information:
Veterans Benefits - V.A. Benefits Administration Home Page www.va.gov
- Understanding the V.A. Appeals Process, 52 pages.
UPGRADING OR CORRECTING MILITARY DISCHARGES
"Bad Paper" discharges (i.e. Dishonorable, Bad Conduct, Undesirable, "other than honorable" and possibly discharges "under honorable conditions) may bar the veteran from virtually all Veterans benefits. Many Veterans have accepted a less than honorable discharge were either told or led to believe that it would automatically be upgraded after six months. THIS IS UNTRUE.
The only way to receive an
upgrade or correction of military discharge is to APPLY FOR ONE.
( Source: "Legal Rights for Illinois Veterans" ).
NOTE: THE V.A. DOES NOT PROCESS REQUESTS
FOR UPGRADES OR CORRECTION OF MILITARY DISCHARGES.
Note: The Veterans' Service Officers at the American Legion, AMVETS, DAV, OR VFW can assist or represent you regarding applying for Veteran's benefits, appealing V.A. benefit award decisions, upgrading less than honorable discharges, or correction of military discharges.
It is strongly suggested you
enlist the assistance of a Veterans Service Officer at one the above mentioned
Veterans Organization, who is located at the V.A. Regional Office in your
state, and submit VA Form 22a, Appointment of Individual as Claimant's
here to download V.A. Form 22a.
American Legion Guide to Filing for Upgrading or Correction of Military Discharges, 19 pages
Upgrading Military DischargesCorrection
of Military Discharge
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SECTION 6 - AGENCIES
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