For Veterans, Military Personnel
and Their Dependants
Are you a veteran with benefit/services questions and don’t know where to turn? Look no further! Palatine Township Center includes the office of Jim Lopez, a full-time Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans’ Service Officer (VSO).
Our VSO is available for consultation at 721 S. Quentin Road, Palatine, every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding Holidays. Walk-ins are welcome and Jim can be reached at 847-485-2772 to answer any questions you may have prior to or following your consultation.
For employment assistance, please contact:
Veteran Representative LVR
Illinois Department of Employment Security
723 West Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 437-9962
Fax: (847) 981-7493
This veterans’ benefit assistance office can help you with any or all of the following benefits issues.
(Click the red titles below for further details.)
- World War II Bonus
- Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Conflict Bonus
- POW Compensation
- Survivors’ Compensation
- Cartage and Erection Fees
- Graves Registration
- Educational Opportunities for Children (10-18 Yrs)
- MIA/POW Scholarship
- State Approving Agency
- Veterans’ Grant Illinois National Guard Scholarship
- Honorary Scholarships
- Tax Exemption
- Specially Adapted Housing
- Illinois Veterans’ Homes
- Camping & Admission Fees
- Hunting and Fishing Privileges
- Public Records
- State Fair
- Necessary Documents to File Claims
Federal Veterans’ Benefits
- Burial Assistance and Plot or Internment Allowance
- National Cemetery Burial
- Grave Marker or Headstone Compensation
- Compensation for Service-Connected Deaths
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for Service-Connected Deaths
- Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disabilities
- Pension for Non-Service-Connected Deaths
- Aid and Attendance or Housebound
- Federal Civil Service Preference
- Re-Employment Rights
- VA Home Loans
- Hospitalization – VA Hospitals
- Outpatient Medical Care
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Vet Center Readjustment Counseling
- Education—Montgomery GI Bill
- Montgomery GI Bill Selective Reserve
Also, click here to visit the Palatine Township Services Directory and select "Veterans' Affairs" for more in-depth services information and direct links to service provider websites and e-mail.
State of Illinois Veterans’ Benefits
World War II. A bonus of $10 per month for domestic service and $15 per month for Foreign Service is payable to Illinois residents who served on active duty between September 16, 1940 and September 3, 1945, and received an honorable discharge. Survivors are entitled to a benefit of $900, if the veteran’s death was service-connected and within the period specified. Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Conflict Bonus. A $100 bonus is payable for service during one of the following periods:
World War II. A bonus of $10 per month for domestic service and $15 per month for Foreign Service is payable to Illinois residents who served on active duty between September 16, 1940 and September 3, 1945, and received an honorable discharge. Survivors are entitled to a benefit of $900, if the veteran’s death was service-connected and within the period specified.
Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Conflict Bonus. A $100 bonus is payable for service during one of the following periods:
|Korea||June 27, 1950 - July 27, 1953|
|Vietnam||January 1, 1961 - March 28 1973|
|Vientnam Frequent Wind||April 29, 30, 1975|
|Persian Gulf||August 2, 1990 - November 30, 1995|
The claimant must also be in receipt of one of the following medals: Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Era or the Southwest Asia Service Medal; and have been a resident of Illinois for 12 months immediately prior to entering service and have received an Honorable Discharge. (Individuals currently on active duty who served in the Persian Gulf may apply.) Survivors are entitled to a payment of $1,000, if veteran’s death is service-connected or is the direct result of service-connected disabilities incurred in the period specified. $1,000. POW Compensation.
The claimant must also be in receipt of one of the following medals: Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Era or the Southwest Asia Service Medal; and have been a resident of Illinois for 12 months immediately prior to entering service and have received an Honorable Discharge. (Individuals currently on active duty who served in the Persian Gulf may apply.)
Survivors are entitled to a payment of $1,000, if veteran’s death is service-connected or is the direct result of service-connected disabilities incurred in the period specified. $1,000.
Applications and additional information are available from field offices of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, college financial aid offices, or Illinois Student Assistance Commission, 1755 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, 60015, telephone 847/948-8550 or 800/899-ISAC.
Illinois National Guard Scholarship.
Tax Exemption. Specially Adapted Housing. llinois Veterans’ Homes.
Tax Exemption.This exemption is allowed on the assessed value of real property for which federal funds have been used for the purchase or construction of specially adapted housing for as long as the veteran, or the spouse, or unmarried surviving spouse resides on the property.
Specially Adapted Housing.Assistance is provided for service-connected disabled veterans for the purpose of acquiring and remodeling suitable dwelling units with special fixtures or moveable facilities made necessary by the veteran’s permanent and total service-connected disabilities.
llinois Veterans’ Homes.Quality nursing and health care services are provided for Illinois Veterans with military service of one (1) day or more during WWI, WWII, the Korean or Vietnam conflicts, or during any period of time now, or in the future, recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a period of war. The veteran must have either been an Illinois resident upon entering the service, or have resided in the State of Illinois for one (1) year preceding application for admittance into a Veterans’ Home. Peacetime veterans with one (1) year of HONORABLE military service may also be eligible. OTHER QUALIFYING CONDITIONS, AS REQUIRED, MUST BE MET. A spouse, or surviving spouse, may also qualify for admittance to the Quincy Veterans’ Home.
Each county in the state shall be entitled, annually, to one honorary scholarship in the University of Illinois, for the benefit of children of veterans of WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam Conflict periods with preference being given to the children of diseased and disabled veterans. Such children shall be entitled to receive, without charge for tuition, instruction in any or all departments of the University for a term of at least four (4) consecutive years. Details may be obtained from the University or College’s Financial Aid Office.
Any enlisted person or Lieutenant or Captain with at least one (1) year service in the Illinois Army/Air National Guard may participate. Available for eight (8) semesters or twelve (12) quarters of full-time or part-time undergraduate study or graduate study at any Illinois state-controlled university or community college. Recipient is entitled to payment of tuition and certain fees. Applications and information on the scholarship may be obtained from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, 1755 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, Illinois, 60015, telephone 847/948-8550 or 800/899-ISAC.
Since each of the Veterans’ Homes specialize in a variety of health care and social services, each Home provides a special brochure describing the human services available.
Camping & Admission Fees.
Hunting and Fishing Privileges. Public Records. State Fair. Necessary Documents to File Claims.
Hunting and Fishing Privileges.Fishing and hunting licenses are not required for disabled veterans who are Illinois residents and receiving 10% or greater service-connected compensation, or total disability pension benefits.
Public Records.Certified copies of public records will be furnished on first request without charge. Additional requests for certified copies of public records or for public records outside of the State may require a fee.
State Fair.Honorably discharged veterans of all ages and their families shall be admitted FREE, when they properly identify themselves, on Veterans’ Day at the fair. Veterans’ Day includes a daylong program of drum corps, drill teams, and color guard competition. Admission is FREE to people 60 and older on Senior Day.
Necessary Documents to File Claims.Certificate of Discharge DD 214, death certificate, marriage license, insurance policies and in some cases medical documentation.
This benefit provides for the exemption of camping and admission fees for certain disabled persons and former prisoners of war who are Illinois residents and wish to camp in parks under the control of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Documentation is required.
Federal Veterans’ Benefits
Burial Assistance and Plot or Internment Allowance.
Flag. National Cemetery Burial. Grave Marker or Headstone. Compensation.
Flag.A flag of the United States may be furnished by the VA to drape the casket of a deceased veteran discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Flags are available from most funeral homes or local Post Offices.
National Cemetery Burial.Veterans of all wars, peacetime service, and certain members of their families, are eligible.
Grave Marker or Headstone.The VA will furnish a headstone or marker without charge for the unmarked grave of a veteran who was separated from military service under conditions other than dishonorable or a person who died while on active duty. A Medal of Honor recipient is entitled to a headstone or marker, regardless of the character of discharge for the last period of service.
Compensation.Available to all veterans of all wartime or peacetime service eras who are discharged by injury or disease incurred in or aggravated by active service in the line of duty and released or discharged under honorable conditions.
Certain benefits are available to assist with the burial expenses of deceased veterans. Eligibility is established if the veteran was entitled at the time of death to pension or compensation (or but for the receipt of military retired pay would have been entitled to compensation). Eligibility is also established if the veteran died while hospitalized or domiciled in a VA facility or other facility at VA expense.
Compensation for Service-Connected Deaths. Before January 1, 1957, amounts payable to an eligible surviving spouse, children, or dependent parents, are not affected by deceased veteran’s rank or length of service.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for Service-Connected Deaths.
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disabilities. Pension for Non-Service-Connected Deaths. Aid and Attendance or Housebound. Federal Civil Service Preference. Re-Employment Rights. VA Home Loans. Hospitalization – VA Hospitals. Outpatient Medical Care. Educational Benefits. Vocational Rehabilitation. Vet Center Readjustment Counseling. Education – VEAP. Education – Montgomery GI Bill. Montgomery GI Bill Selective Reserve.
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disabilities.A wartime veteran with ninety (90) or more days of service, or separated from such service for a service-connected disability and became permanently and totally disabled from reasons not traceable to service may be eligible for a pension. Income limitations apply.
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Deaths.For surviving spouse and children of veterans who served in wartime who died from non-service-connected conditions and who meet income and other qualifying conditions.
Aid and Attendance or Housebound.Veteran or surviving spouse who is a patient in a nursing home or otherwise determined to be in need of the regular aid and attendance of another person, or is permanently housebound, may be entitled to higher income limitations or additional benefits, depending on the type of pension received.
Federal Civil Service Preference.Veterans separated under honorable conditions from any wartime period, and certain dependents, shall be given preferential consideration in training programs, job retention and restoration and appointments. Disabled veterans will be given first consideration.
Re-Employment Rights.Restoration by prior employer to the position the veteran would have held had he/she not been in service. Length of service shall have not exceeded four (4) years unless at the request and convenience of the federal government, but no longer than five (5) years maximum. Satisfactory completion of active duty and a certificate to that effect is required. Application must be made within ninety (90) days after completion of military service.
VA Home Loans.VA home loan guarantees may be used by qualified veterans and service members to purchase, improve or refinance a house or condominium, and to purchase or refinance a manufactured home at below normal loan interest rates.
Hospitalization – VA Hospitals.First priority to veterans for treatment of service-connected disabilities, and veterans who have a service-connected disability needing treatment for a disability not related to the service-connected condition. Veterans with wartime service may be admitted for treatment of a non-service-connected condition. Emergency conditions shall be given immediate consideration. Co-payments for treatment may be required.
Outpatient Medical Care.Available to veterans discharged or retired under conditions other than dishonorable and in need of treatment for a disability incurred in or aggravated by military service.
Educational Benefits.For the spouse, surviving spouse, and children of veterans whose death or permanent total disability was service-connected.
Vocational Rehabilitation.Veterans who served honorably, suffered a service-connected disability, and are determined by the VA to need vocational rehabilitation could be eligible under this program.
Vet Center Readjustment Counseling.Veterans who served on active duty may be provided counseling to assist the veteran in readjusting to civilian life.
Education – VEAP.Available to veterans who entered on active duty after December 31, 1976, who served for more than 180 days and voluntarily participated in the contributory education assistance program. Eligibility expired ten (10) years after discharge or release from active duty.
Education – Montgomery GI Bill.The VA administers programs for active duty servicepersons who entered military service after July 1985. Individuals who, while on active duty contributed to the “educational payroll deduction” program are eligible for matching funds.
Montgomery GI Bill Selective Reserve.Selected Reserve members, including the National Guard, who meet certain requirements are eligible to receive educational benefits.
On or after January 1, 1957, for eligible dependents of deceased servicemen of all wartime or peacetime service eras.