Veteran Service Offices will be closed statewide this week
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[April 21, 2014]
CHICAGO — All of the state's
service offices for veterans will be closed from Tuesday through
Friday due to annual training and certification, as all of the
service officers for the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
will be attending mandatory annual VSO training and certification at
the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Drive.
This year's annual training will focus on the deployment and use of
the IDVA-developed and fielded CyberVet digital office suite
program; access to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs online claims
management systems; techniques and approaches to submitting
better-resourced and supported benefit claims for veterans; as well
as a wide range of IDVA-backed and sponsored programs and
The service offices are part of a statewide network that assists
Illinois veterans in navigating a network of resources and benefits
available to them. Offices are staffed by professionals who provide
accurate, up-to-date information, answer questions, and assist with
preparing and filing of claims for federal, state and local benefits
— completely free of charge.
Over the past 12 months the IDVA VSOs have assisted over 44,678
veterans and family members in navigating and obtaining benefits
earned in service. Over $86 million in federal benefits claims were
received by Illinois veterans, with $43 million in retroactive
Assistance provided by VSOs includes:
— combat and
service-related bonus payments and compensation, DD214
burial benefits — grave registration, grave markers.
benefits – G.I. Bill, Troops to Teachers, scholarships.
benefits – employment preference, Jobs for Vets program.
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– homestead and disabled veterans standard
homestead exemptions, adapted housing exemptions, camping
and admissions fees, hunting and fishing licenses.
– facilitating access to federal VA health
care and counseling services.
Assist in applying for admission to one of four
state-managed homes throughout Illinois.
Illinois Veterans Homes
Veterans wishing to contact a VSO during this period may use
Up and Be Counted" online tool at
www.veterans.illinois.gov or call 1-800-437-9824. By enrolling
in SUBC, veterans assist fellow veterans by helping IDVA and the
entire veteran advocacy community to gain a better understanding of
the location and number of Illinois' veterans. This will aid in
planning future services, seeking additional federal VA funding and
facilities, and helps in general to serve Illinois' veterans better.
news release from
Illinois Department of
Veterans' Affairs, received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]