Chicago Veterans Affairs Resources

City of Chicago Veterans and Mental Health  –

Veterans of military service, particularly those deployed to combat areas, are at increased risk for mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and problems functioning in social and work settings. The long duration and repeated deployments experienced by combat veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan make it more likely that these veterans may experience mental health challenges.

City of Chicago Veterans and Suicide-

Everyday 22 veterans die by suicide in the U.S. While suicide is usually considered to be an issue in younger adults, it is a significant issue for veterans of all ages. In fact, veterans 50 years of age and older have higher suicide rates than non-veterans of the same age and more than 2/3 of all veteran suicides are in men and women 50 years or older. ; However, rates of suicide are rising in young men veterans, especially those 18-25 years of age and are increasing in women veterans of all ages.

Thresholds Veterans Services –

Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives.

American Legion of Illinois –

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

Illinois Department of Employment Security –

Jeff Mays was appointed as Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) by Governor Bruce Rauner on January 12, 2015.  Since joining, Director Mays immediately focused on enhancing the agency’s services for job seekers, claimants and employers, and on making IDES the pre-eminent employment agency in Illinois.

Chicago Veterans –

We define empower as sharing information and building meaningful relationships to help take control of one’s transition throughout life and their overall well-being. Empowerment is based on the idea that giving veterans the resources, opportunities, purpose and motivation they need to become more productive in their communities. The concept of empower consists of three core components – camaraderie, employment and education.

Volunteers of America Illinois –

Volunteers of America is a national nonprofit organization providing local human service programs and the opportunity for individual and community involvement.  The words “there are no limits to caring” represent an enduring philosophy of service that spans three centuries. The founders’(pictured) pledge “to go wherever we are needed and do whatever comes to hand” still guides the organization’s growth and development efforts today, more than 115 years since the organization’s birth in 1896.

MSHV Help a Veteran –

To ensure that no veteran is left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental-health issues. Our desire is to ease suffering for veterans and their families and to empower veterans to become productive members of their communities.

Cook County Housing and Emergency Services for Veterans –

The VACCC provides annual one-time assistance to eligible veterans and their families residing in Cook County in need of financial assistance for basic living expenses and/or emergencies.