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Riley N Baldwin, Patriot's Pen 1st Place A great 70 years! BK Rockford State Commander at a Post Meeting Illinois Day at National Home Poppy Child won everyones heart! VFW Illinois Aux with 2018-2019 Poppy Child Laurie Emmer, Department Illinois VFW Jr Vice Commander, talks with District 3 Sr Vice Commander Chris Garza. Commander Don Boyer, SVC Brad Gould, JVC Laurie Emmers, and Dept Membership Director JD and Department Quartermaster/Adjutant Mike DeRoss travelled the State Friday, Saturday and Sunday meeting with officers, members membership chairman all over State. Steve invited John Davin, National COA Delegate, Dept Illinois Commander Boyer, to view his mobile studio. Post 8741 Libertyville Patroits Pen Chair BJ Voit and 5th District 1st Place winning entry. 2019 VOD Champions Tour Lincoln Monument



The Mission of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Illinois is to provide service to Veterans and to our communities.  We accomplish this through various means.
Our Department operates a Veterans Service Office that assists Veterans in obtaining the benefits they have earned.  Our main Veterans Service Office is located at the VA Regional Office at the Jesse Brown Center in Chicago.  We also have branch offices in Danville  and Marion Illinois.  For further information on the Department of Illinois Veterans Service Office please go to the Service Office Web Page: 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars operates a legislative office in Washington DC.  Through this office the VFW makes  your voices heard.  The National Veterans Service Office constantly promotes Veterans Issues on the hill.  The Department of Illinois is allowed two members on the National Legislative Committee.  These members, as well as the Senior State Officers travel to DC once a year to meet with our State's Congressmen and Senators to promote the well being of Veterans and our Active Duty Military.
Locally, the Department of Illinois appoints a State Legislative Director who monitors activity in the State Legislature, promoting Veterans Issues and guarding against cuts.
Our many Posts promote the programs of the VFW in the Community.  Please click on the programs tab at the top of the page to learn about all the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Illinois does.  Many of our Posts are active in food drives, clothing drives for the homeless, activities at local schools and are quick to donate to charities.  Numerous Posts provide wake and funeral services for departed Veterans.  
The Department's Voice of Democracy Program and Patriots Pen Programs are a way for students in Illinois to win prizes for their work in speech or essay.  Please click here for the Patriots Pen entry   or here for the Voice of Democracy entry.
The Department of Illinois also honors teachers as part of the Smart/Maher  National Citizen Education Teacher of the Year program.  For more information and to nominate a worthy teacher please click here.
 So many of our great leaders got their start as part of scouting programs.  That is why the Department of Illinois, Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud to participate in the Scout of the Year Program.  We welcome entries from all parts of the state.  Please nominate your eligible Scouts