Military Tributes -
Honoring our Veterans

If you've ever attended a service that included a Military Tribute, you know that it is filled with dignity and respect that our Vets deserve.  It can be accorded at the Funeral Home or at the Cemetery.


Ritual Firing Squad


Bugler Playing Taps


National Guard Members Folding The Flag


Saluting The Flag Before Presenting to Family


STATE OF ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS James R. Thompson Center,
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 5-570,
Chicago, Illinois 60601-3219
Telephone: (312) 814-2460 * Fax: (312) 814-2764 

BRUCE RAUNER                                   ERICA L. JEFFRIES                                 GOVERNOR                                          ACTING DIRECTOR   
             
February 20, 2015 

Dear Fellow Veteran, 

Welcome to the growing ranks of State of Illinois employees who are Veterans!  Governor Rauner and his administration are fully committed to leveraging the skills and experiences of those who have served in uniform.  We’re glad you’ve joined the State of Illinois team.


Please know that the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is here to assist you during your time in the State of Illinois – and beyond.  Whether you’re wondering about veteran benefits, navigating your transition out of uniform, or simply looking to connect with veteran organizations in your community, there are resources available. In fact, there are so many resources available that finding the right one can be extremely challenging.  We’re here to help point you in the right direction to find the resources that you need.  

The two most important resources available to you, in terms of navigating the veteran support world, are our IDVA Veteran Service Offices and Illinois Joining Forces:  IDVA employs Veteran Service Officers (VSO) in nearly every county of the state.  Fellow veterans themselves, our VSO’s are experts in federal, state, and local veteran resources and can help you apply directly for the benefits you’ve earned.  They’re an excellent resource for in-person assistance.  Find your local VSO at: 

(www.state.il.us/agency/dva) or call (800) 437-9824.                                   
 
Illinois Joining Forces is a network of nearly 200 veteran- and military serving organizations in Illinois – all working together to serve you better to create a “no wrong door” system of support.    

At www.illinoisjoiningforces.org you’ll find a searchable directory of resources from these organizations, with the ability to connect directly with the right one for you – or to request help if you are unable to find what you need.    

Thank you for serving your country – and for bringing your skills and experiences to the State of Illinois team.  

Sincerely,
Erica L. Jeffries - Acting Director