Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a statewide, public-private network of veteran and military serving organizations. We collaborate in person and online to help service members, veterans, and their families identify and marshal resources and services available to them throughout the state.


Collaboration among our member organizations is critical to successful execution of the IJF mission.  However, if we are to truly provide value and impact to Illinois Veteran and Military families we must excel in areas where there are gaps today.   In particular, IJF focuses on identifying the specific needs of our constituents (service members, veterans, and families; SMVF) through and online and personal communications process.  This is critical in truly understanding the FULL need which sometimes is much more than initially thought.

IJF also serves as a clearinghouse for the data collected so that multiple forms and intakes from our member organizations can be managed in one single place.  Most important, we provide referral follow-up and feedback to both the veteran service organization and the veteran so that we can be confident that we fulfilled the stated and agreed upon need and also collect feedback on our performance so that we are continuously improving our services.

For our member organizations, Illinois Joining Forces continuously assesses our member organizations for quality control and efficiency.  Our reputation lies in the organizations within IJF that provide the needed services so we ensure that they are the best available for our clients’ needs.

IJF also encourages and fosters community-based collaboration so that organizations with complimentary services can share both information and best practices to help fulfill the need.  Within IJF, our nine issue-focused working groups channel requests to the appropriate service provider based on their expertise and capacity.