Veterans Disability Benefits in Illinois

Veterans in Illinois have devotedly served our nation, safeguarding our freedoms and democratic values. In honor of their service, they are entitled to various VA benefits.

The U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) manages the Veterans Disability program, designed to provide financial assistance to eligible veterans who became ill or were injured during active military duty.

How Veterans Disability Works in Illinois

Upon receipt of a disability claim, the VA examines the veteran's condition and assigns a disability rating. This rating then dictates the amount of monthly compensation a veteran will receive, reflecting the seriousness of their condition.

For Illinois veterans with multiple disabilities, each condition is independently evaluated and assigned a rating by the VA. These individual ratings are then amalgamated per VA rules into a final overall rating. This combined rating takes into consideration the total impact of all the veteran's disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements for Veterans Disability Benefits

To be eligible for VA benefits, veterans must meet several guidelines.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an existing condition, either physical or mental, that impacts your health, and
  • Your service history includes active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

And, at least one of the following must be true:

  • You incurred an injury or sickness during your military service that can be connected to your current condition. This is known as an in-service disability claim.

  • An existing injury or illness from before your military service worsened due to your service — called a pre-service disability claim, or
  • You have a disability that is associated with your active-duty service but it only manifested after your service ended. This is known as a post-service disability claim.

Illinois veterans interested in VA disability benefits must have served on active duty and have a service-related disability. The VA assigns disability ratings from 10% to 100%, with the compensation amount determined by the severity of all combined disabilities.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Illinois

The process of applying for VA Disability benefits in Illinois is more straightforward when all your military and medical records are systematically organized.

When applying for Veterans Disability benefits, you'll need to gather essential documents such as your military service records (like your DD214 or other separation documents), medical evidence that supports your disability claim (like doctor's reports and treatment records), and any dependency records if you have dependents.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

What to Do If Your Illinois VA Claim Is Denied

Don't lose hope if your VA disability claim is denied. You have the right to appeal the decision.

To initiate your appeal, file a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. You must start this process within one year from the date the VA mailed the decision.

The appeal process can last from several months up to a couple of years, depending on the complexity of the appeal, the selected appeal process, and the amount of evidence required for your claim. An attorney or Veterans Service Officer may be able to assist you with your appeal.

More VA Benefits Available to Illinois Veterans

In addition to disability benefits, the VA offers a range of services to veterans, including comprehensive healthcare services, home loan programs, and education benefits.

For veterans considering homeownership, the VA Home Loans program can assist in securing a mortgage loan. Furthermore, the VA supports veterans in advancing their education and career development through programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

VA Benefits include:

  • Veterans Readiness and Employment
  • Health Care
  • VA Pension
  • VA Life Insurance
  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • Education and Training
  • VA Loans
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits
  • VA Burial Benefits

Illinois veterans dealing with health issues related to military service should immediately apply for Veterans Disability benefits. Along with other VA support programs, these benefits can considerably improve the lives of veterans and their families.

Illinois — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Chicago Regional Office 2122 W Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60612 Mailing Address: Department of Veterans Affairs / Claims Intake Center / PO Box 5235 Janesville, WI 53547-5235 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Great Lakes Naval Station BDD Intake Site/VA Medical Center N Chicago, IL 60088
Intake Site At Scott Air Force Base Fleet & Family Support, Call (847) 688-3603 Scott Air Force Base, IL 62225

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Hoff Road Elwood, IL 60421 815-423-9958
Alton National Cemetery 600 Pearl Street Alton, IL 62002 314-845-8320
Camp Butler National Cemetery 5063 Camp Butler Road Springfield, IL 62707 217-492-4070
Confederate Mound Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 E 67th St Chicago, IL 60637 815-423-9958
Danville National Cemetery 1900 East Main Street Danville, IL 61832 Mailing Address: 5063 Camp Butler RD Springfield, IL 62707 217-554-4550
Fort Sheridan National Cemetery Vattman Road Lake Forest, IL 60035 Mailing Address: Captain James A. Lovell FHCC, 3001 Green Bay Road, Building 9, Room 134A North Chicago, IL 60064 224-610-7296
Mound City National Cemetery 141 State Highway 37 Mound City, IL 62963 Mailing Address: 141 State Highway 37 Mound City, IL 62963 618-748-9107
North Alton Confederate Cemetery 635 Rozier Street Alton, IL 62002 314-845-8320
Quincy National Cemetery 36th & Maine Street Quincy, IL 62301 309-782-2094
Rock Island Confederate Cemetery Rodman Avenue, Rock Island Arsenal Rock Island, IL 61299 309-782-2094
Rock Island National Cemetery Bldg, 118, Rock Island Arsenal Rock Island, IL 61299 309-782-2094

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Construction & Facilities Management Regional Office - Central 1425 Tri-State Parkway, Suite 140 Gurnee, IL 60031 224-610-7320
Peoria Vet Center 5015 American Prairie Drive Peoria, IL 61615 309-689-9708
Springfield, IL Vet Center 2980 Baker Drive Springfield, IL 62703 217-492-4955
VISN 12: VA Great Lakes Health Care System 11301 W. Cermak Road, Suite 810 Westchester, IL 60154 708-492-3900
Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center 3001 Green Bay Road North Chicago, IL 60064 847-688-1900
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital 5000 South 5th Ave Hines, IL 60141 708-202-8387
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center 820 South Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60612 312-569-8387
VA Illiana Health Care System 1900 East Main Street Danville, IL 61832-5198 217-554-3000
Auburn Gresham (Chicago) Clinic 7731 S Halsted St Chicago, IL 60620 773-962-3700
Aurora Clinic 161 South Lincolnway North Aurora, IL 60542 630-859-2504
Bloomington Clinic 207 Hamilton Road Bloomington, IL 61704-7527 309-827-4090
Bob Michel VA Outpatient Clinic 7717 N. Orange Prairie Road Peoria, IL 61615 309-589-6800
Chicago Heights Clinic 211 Dixie Hwy (Suite 4) Chicago Heights, IL 60411 708-754-8880
Decatur VA Outpatient Clinic 792 N. Sunnyside Road Decatur, IL 62522 217-362-5442
Evanston Clinic 1942 Dempster Street Evanston, IL 60202 847-869-6315
Freeport Clinic 750 Kiwanis Drive, Suite 250 Freeport, IL 61032 815-235-4881
Hoffman Estates 4885 Hoffman Blvd Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 708-202-8387
Joliet Clinic 1201 Eagle St Joliet, IL 60432 815-740-8100
Kankakee Clinic 581 William Latham Drive, Suite 301 Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2435 815-932-3823
Lakeside Clinic 211 E. Ontario St., 12th Floor Chicago, IL 60611 312-469-4850
LaSalle Clinic 4461 N Progress Blvd Peru, IL 61354 815-223-9678
Mattoon Community Based Outpatient Clinic 501 Lakeland Blvd. Mattoon, IL 61938 217-258-3370
McHenry Clinic 3715 Municipal Drive McHenry, IL 60050 815-759-2306
Oak Lawn Clinic 10201 S. Cicero Oak Lawn, IL 60453 708-499-3675
OHMD Occupational Health Medicine Department 2410 Sampson Street Great Lakes, IL 60088 847-688-6712
Rockford Clinic 816 Featherstone Road Rockford, IL 61107 815-227-0081
Springfield VA Outpatient Clinic 5850 South 6th Street, Suite A Springfield, IL 62703 217-529-5046
USS Osborne Dental Clinic 3440 Ohio Street Great Lakes, IL 60088 847-688-2100
Aurora Vet Center 750 Shoreline Drive, Suite 150 Aurora, IL 60504 630-585-1853
Chicago Heights Vet Center 1010 Dixie Hwy, 2nd Floor Chicago Heights, IL 60411 708-754-8885
Chicago Vet Center 3348 W. 87th Street, Suite 2 Chicago, IL 60652-3767 773-962-3740
Evanston Vet Center 1901 Howard St Evanston, IL 60202 847-332-1019
Forest Park Vet Center 1515 South Harlem Forest Park, IL 60130 708-457-8805
Orland Park Vet Center 8651 W.159th Street, Suite 4 Orland Park, IL 60462 708-444-0561
Rockford Vet Center 7015 Rote Road, Suite 105 Rockford, IL 61107 815-395-1279
1007 USS Tranquillity 3420 Illinois Street Great Lakes, IL 60088 847-688-6755
1523 USS Red Rover 3350 Illinois Street Great Lakes, IL 60088 847-688-5568
Fisher Clinic, Bldg. 237 2470 Sampson Street Great Lakes, IL 60088 847-688-2469
Marion VA Medical Center 2401 West Main Street Marion, IL 62959 618-997-5311
Enterprise Way VA Clinic 1301 Enterprise Way Suite 68 Marion, IL 62959 618-993-1008
Heartland Street VA Clinic 3404 Heartland Street Marion, IL 62959
Carbondale Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1130 East Walnut Street Carbondale, IL 62901 618-351-1031
Effingham Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1011 Ford Avenue Effingham, IL 62401 217-347-7600
Harrisburg Community Based Outpatient Clinic 608 Rollie Moore Drive Harrisburg, IL 62946 618-252-6150
Mt. Vernon Community Based Outpatient Clinic 4000 South Water Tower Place Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 618-246-2910
St. Clair County CBOC 1190 Fortune Blvd. Shiloh, IL 62269 314-286-6988
Metro East Vet Center 228 West Pointe Drive Swansea, IL 62226 314-894-6105
Lane A. Evans VA Clinic 310 Home Boulevard Galesburg, IL 61401 309-343-0311
Quincy VA Clinic 6020 Broadway Street Quincy, IL 62301 217-224-3366
Sterling VA Clinic 2901 East Lincolnway, Suite M Sterling, IL 61081 815-632-6200
Quad Cities Vet Center 465 42nd Ave (Avenue of the Cities) Suite #140 East Moline, IL 61244 309-755-3260