Illinois Joining Forces

Task Force – Families and Survivors

The Families and Survivors Task Force is committed to collaboratively supporting families and children of our uniformed service members and veterans through raising awareness of and providing access to services that meet the unique needs of military families.

Families & Survivors

IJF aims to provide assistance to families of Service Members and Veterans as well as to survivors of a service member or veteran that has passed away. Understanding and knowing what services and benefits are available to family members and survivors is a daunting task. IJF’s Coordination Center specialists aim to make the process as simple as possible.

Task Force Leader: Modie Lavin, Rush University Road Home Program at Rush University


Still need help? Call our Coordination Center at 1-877-236-7702 and speak to one of our call specialists or fill out our online Assistance Form!

Families and Survivors - Resource Links

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., is a private nonprofit organization of American mothers who lost sons or daughters in service of the United States Armed Forces.
Kids Rank is a 501c(3) service-based organization developed specifically for military children. Through the formation of local clubs, Kids Rank engages children in hands-on, skill building projects and volunteer opportunities designed to encourage resilience while supporting their physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs.  
IDVA VSO’s are trained and accredited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to provide free assistance to veterans and their dependents and survivors. This link will provide with a list and map of all VSOs (including phone number and address) across the state. 
IL Association of County Veterans Assistance Commission’s county offices have been established by Illinois Statutes and are staffed by VA accredited veteran service officers dedicated to serving Illinois Veterans, their widows, and their dependents. We offer a professional and confidential no-fee service for VA Claims and/or County Veteran’s Assistance Claims.