A 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization
DEDICATED TO SERVING VETERANS
Veterans from Illinois who served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Afghanistan and have received a Purple Heart can receive a one-time grant of $200. Purple Heart recipients can contact the VFW State Headquarters Office in Springfield, IL for additional information and the application form.
This grant is made possible from donations from VFW Posts, Districts, Auxiliary Members and prior proceeds from our special “Purple Heart” Raffle ticket sales as well as donations from other individuals.
Illinois First Unmet Needs
Illinois First Unmet Needs is a State of Illinois VFW program which is used to assist those individuals in Illinois whose emergency financial assistance needs may not be covered by the National Unmet Needs program grants.
Illinois First Unmet Needs aids Posts in providing matching funds for their Post Members and veterans in their communities who need urgent assistance. Funds for this program is made possible through donations from VFW Posts and Districts, as well as proceeds from our special Purple Heart Raffle ticket sales at the Illinois VFW State Convention.
Through this program, we proudly stand ready to assist our Illinois veterans and their families when they are in need of emergency financial assistance.
Military Assistance Program
The VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP) is the outstretched hand between the Veterans of Foreign Wars and active duty, Guard, and Reserve military units. MAP offers grants to VFW Posts who participate in military unit functions, such as sponsoring “Farewell” and “Welcome Home” activities, “Family Readiness Group” events, or other sponsorship ideas. These events are successful because local Posts interact directly with the military unit, and include Veterans Service Officers and a membership recruiting team from the Post, District or Department.
Youth Education Programs
Proudly Sponsored byThe Veterans of Foreign Wars
Voice of Democracy
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, this scholarship is open to all high school students and offers prizes at many levels, from the post level to the national level. Illinois currently ranks first in the nation in terms of student participation and amount of money awarded. Participants write and then record a three to five minute essay on a patriotic theme selected annually. The program is designed to foster patriotism in the participants and to enhance their written and oral communication skills.
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Patriot’s Pen essay competition is open to students in grades 6-8, enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home schooled study program. Participants write an essay based on a patriotic theme chosen annually. Each essay must contain between 300-400 words. Students participate at the Post, District, State and National levels.
We provide highly trained professionals to assist veterans, their dependents and their survivors in the pursuit of benefits administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, including filing claims, gaining admittance to VA Hospitals and burial services on behalf of all veterans.
It is the goal of the Service Office staff to obtain the maximum VA benefits to which veterans and their families are entitled under the law.
Our trained professionals provide advocacy services at the VFW Service Office in Chicago, with field offices at Danville and Marion.