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Federal benefit programs expired on September 4th. Learn about what this means for you.

Veteran Services Resources

Illinois Hires Heroes​

Veterans Services and Resources

Employment Serv​ices for Veterans​

Illinois Job Centers offer a variety of employment services.  Learn about the Veteran Priority of Service regulations and stop by a Center near you today, or visit IllinoisJobLink.com.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve  was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.

Illinois Veterans Benefits and Resource Guide for Veterans and Military

The State of Illinois is committed to making sure that their military heroes and families receive the benefits they rightfully deserve when they return home. In addition to the federal benefits available, Illinois has a number of its own benefits for the state 's veterans and family members including compensation, education, burial, employment, real estate, and permits.

Women Veterans Program

Through our Women Veterans Program, we hope to serve the woman veteran in any way possible, addressing each of her unique concerns - developing programs, community collaborations, opportunities and connections to help equip and empower her to grow personally and strengthen the woman veteran presence in Illinois.

USA Jobs

Your one-stop resource for Federal veteran employment information. If you’re a Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference, as well as other veteran specific hiring options.

GI Jobs

G.I. Jobs offers articles, tips and online tools to help military transitioners explore different career and post-secondary education options. They provide specific, how-to advice on everything from choosing a college to writing a resume and interviewing.

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network

MSCCN non-profit organization that focuses on employment readiness training programs, job placement solutions, no-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses and caregivers to war wounded heroes.

Department of Veteran's Affairs Flu Shots

Veterans enrolled in VA health care can get a free seasonal flu shot at a VA health care facility. Check with your local facility to confirm supply.

Hilton Honors Military Family Rate

Hilton offers  savings at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Portfolio for active & retired military, veterans and their families on leisure stays.​​​​

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