1/8: Veteran Assistance Guide Intro

There are dedicated programs and services for Veterans nationally and in Illinois. Don't miss out on valuable compensation, benefits, and educational opportunities. From connecting to services in your community and discovering how your military skills are what employers want to crafting your resume and networking, click the “Next” button below to get started.

Use Illinois workNet tools to find veterans assistance:

2/8: Connect to Benefits and Services

Learn about Veteran specific assistance, Health Care, Pension, Home Loan Benefits, as well as how to identify and utilize both online and in-person assistance options.

3/8: Translate Your Skills

If you've left the armed forces, you may need to look at translating your military skills to civilian skills and exploring your skills and training options. While you may think you don't need to do any of this, your skills and training may need to be updated, even if you are searching for a job in the same field as your military experience because not all skills directly translate. By seeing how your skills translate, it is easier to understand their value and maximize your potential to land a great job and achieve even greater success.

4/8: Prepare and Search for a Job

Before you start your job search it's important to prepare and have an action plan. This will include updating your resume, reviewing job search options, networking and interviewing to achieve your goals.

5/8: Veteran Assistance Resources in Illinois

There are many resources and programs that can assist Veterans in Illinois. Be sure to make the most of what is available in terms of benefits, educational opportunities, and services in your community. Discover how you can apply your military related skills to what employers need. Read on for resources that are available to Veterans.

6/8: Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) is focused on assisting veterans and their families by providing guidance on using local, state, and federal resources and services that include healthcare, "education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges." Click below to learn more and to see what programs are available.

7/8: IDES Veteran Services

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has a page with resources and services for veterans including:

  • Employment Search Assistance
  • Information on how veterans can find jobs
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Veteran's Tax Credit
  • Tips on readjusting to civilian life
  • IDES office locator to find an office near you.

For more information, click the button below.

8/8: IDHS Rehabilitation Services

The Illinois Department of Human Services - Department of Rehabilitation Services (DHS - DRS) has a page listing the services, resources, and contact information for those needing assistance with disabilities. DRS helps those with disabilities and their families to make the best choices when it comes to employment, independent living, community involvement, and education. For more information, click the button below.