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Serving our Veterans - Supporting those who have served

We are thankful to our veterans who reside in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois community of the faith.  It is with gratitude to the many men and women have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces that we offer this website for resources and information.  There are numerous agencies and non-profit organizations to help veterans and family members address medical, education, mental health, housing, employment, financial and other challenges.

Resources

Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the federal government, state government, and non-governmental veteran service organizations.      

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.  www.va.gov

Mobile Vet Centerwww.vetcenter.va.gov 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Centers understand and appreciate Veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.  http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs assists veterans and their families in navigating the system of federal state and local resources.  http://www.illinois.gov/veterans/Pages/default.aspx , http://www.illinois.gov/family-home/Pages/VeteransAndMilitary.aspx

Archdiocese For The Military Services, USAwww.milarch.org
PO Box 4469, Washington, DC 20017 - P. 202.719.3600 - F: 202.269.9022

The Archdiocese for the Military Services was created by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Church's full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. This includes more than 220 installations in 29 countries, patients in 153 V.A. Medical Centers, and federal employees serving outside the boundaries of the USA in 134 countries. Numerically, the AMS is responsible for more than 1.8 million men, women, and children.

Housing

Illinois Veterans Homes - Run by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), all four Illinois Veterans’ Homes are fully staffed with caring and dedicated professionals who provide quality long-term skilled care and services to resident members.  https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/default.aspx

Education

Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program – The Illinois Department of Military Affairs Education Office - http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/Resources/Education/Education.aspx

Employment

Jobs for Vets - Illinois Veteran Employment Assistance - The Department of Employment Security/Illinois Job Service provides a trained "Veterans Representative" to help http://www.illinois.gov/veterans/Pages/employment.aspx

Health Care / Mental Health

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Health Administration - The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with   over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year  http://www.va.gov/health/

Illinois Health Care for Veterans http://www.illinois.gov/hfs/MedicalPrograms/vets/Pages/default.aspx

PTSD:   Treatment and resources   www.ptsd.va.gov

Catholic Faith Based

Catholic War Veterans & Auxiliary – Serving veterans of all faiths since 1935.   - http://cwvusa.org/  

Knights of Columbus - The world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society.  http://kofc.org/un/en/todays-knights/about-us.html

Other

Army OneSource (AOS) is a Secretary of the Army Initiative to provide comprehensive community support and service delivery for all Service Members, Veterans and Family Members regardless of component or geographic location.  https://uniteus.com/groups/army-onesource

Military Outreach USA - a faith-based organization with a mission of empowering a Military Caring Network dedicated to serving those who have served in our nation's military.  http://militaryoutreachusa.org/

Disabled American Veterans - DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families.  https://www.dav.org/   

AMVETS - As one of America’s leading veteran’s service organizations with over 250,000 members, AMVETS (or American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens.  http://www.amvets.org/

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.  www.va.gov

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Health Administration - The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year.- http://www.va.gov/health/

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Benefits Administration - The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a variety of benefits and services to Service members, Veterans, and their families - .http://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration (NCA), honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation. - http://www.cem.va.gov/

Mobile Vet Centerwww.vetcenter.va.gov

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors – Information http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Centers - Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.  http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/

Springfield VA Outpatient Clinic
5850 South 6th Street, Suite A, Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-529-5046

Springfield, IL Vet Center
1227 S. Ninth Street, Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-492-4955 Or 877-927-8387

Decatur VA Outpatient Clinic
3035 East Mound Road, Decatur, IL 62526-9381
Phone: 217-875-2670

Effingham Community Based Outpatient Clinic
1011 Ford Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7600

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs - The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs is the department of the Illinois state government that assists veterans and their families in navigating the system of federal state and local resources.  http://www.illinois.gov/veterans/Pages/default.aspx

Illinois Veterans Homes - Run by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), all four Illinois Veterans’ Homes are fully staffed with caring and dedicated professionals who provide quality long-term skilled care and services to resident members.  Each of our Homes is licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center of jurisdiction. The Homes work closely with the local healthcare community to ensure that each resident’s specific health care needs are available and met. https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/default.aspx

Anna - https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/Anna.aspx

LeSalle - https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/LaSalle.aspx

Manteno - https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/Manteno.aspx

Quincy - https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/Quincy.aspx

Prince (Manteno) - https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/homes-facilities.aspx

Suggestions for assisting Veterans in the Parish / National Catholic Partnership on Disability
http://www.ncpd.org/ 

  • Pray for Veterans - those serving in the military, and their families

  • Invite the parish to learn about the physically and spiritually wounded

  • Create a ministry for Veterans - be aware especially of those coming home from the Reserves and National Guard

  • Create a parish drop-in center - a lounge for Veterans and others; create safe spaces and a ministry of hospitality and welcome

  • Help Veterans find jobs

  • Encourage those who are ready to serve in a ministry; help them find a place to belong and share their gifts on the parish

  • Create circles of listening

  • Encourage re-establishing relationship with Jesus (Veteran Retreats)

  • Provide ways to return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Ignation Examen)

  • Welcome Veterans and their families back to the table

  • Help Veterans navigate the VA Medical System

  • Connect Veterans to other Veterans

  • Look to Joining Forces.gov