ABOUT US

The Mission of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Illinois is to provide service to Veterans and to our communities.  We accomplish this through various means.
 
Our Department operates a Veterans Service Office that assists Veterans in obtaining the benefits they have earned.  Our main Veterans Service Office is located at the VA Regional Office at the Jesse Brown Center in Chicago.  We also have branch offices in Danville  and Marion Illinois.  For further information on the Department of Illinois Veterans Service Office please go to the Service Office Web Page: 
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars operates a legislative office in Washington DC.  Through this office the VFW makes  your voices heard.  The National Veterans Service Office constantly promotes Veterans Issues on the hill.  The Department of Illinois is allowed two members on the National Legislative Committee.  These members, as well as the Senior State Officers travel to DC once a year to meet with our State's Congressmen and Senators to promote the well being of Veterans and our Active Duty Military.
Locally, the Department of Illinois appoints a State Legislative Director who monitors activity in the State Legislature, promoting Veterans Issues and guarding against cuts.
 
Our many Posts promote the programs of the VFW in the Community.  Please click on the programs tab at the top of the page to learn about all the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Illinois does.  Many of our Posts are active in food drives, clothing drives for the homeless, activities at local schools and are quick to donate to charities.  Numerous Posts provide wake and funeral services for departed Veterans.  
 
The Department's Voice of Democracy Program and Patriots Pen Programs are a way for students in Illinois to win prizes for their work in speech or essay.  Please click here for the Patriots Pen entry   or here for the Voice of Democracy entry. 
 
The Department of Illinois also honors teachers as part of the Smart/Maher  National Citizen Education Teacher of the Year program.  For more information and to nominate a worthy teacher please click here.
 
 So many of our great leaders got their start as part of scouting programs.  That is why the Department of Illinois, Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud to participate in the Scout of the Year Program.  We welcome entries from all parts of the state.  Please nominate your eligible Scouts.  

Announcements

Posts and Districts that took the Department Calendars on consignment should send the money and stubs for sold calendars to Department Headquarters prior to the first of the year if possible.

Statewide News

News & Info from your department

Department VOD Winner from Norris City

Collin Sexton was sponsored by VFW Post 3851, Carmi, IL. Collin is the son of Tamera & Curtis Sexton, of Norris City, IL

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW's Annual Youth Scholarship Competition Opens

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting e...

President Releases FY 2020 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - The president's federal spending plan for fiscal year 2020 adds 30,000 more troops and proposes a ...

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As yesterday's defenders of freedom...

 ...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated

 to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families and continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families.