Illinois Joining Forces

Task Force – Material Needs

The Material Needs Task Force deals with matters related to Benefits and Emergency Assistance, Financial Literacy, and Legal Support. If you're unsure that your assistance request falls into the Material Needs category, our Coordination Center specialists will help you. IJF strives to make sure that all of your needs whether they involve benefits or the justice system are met and handled.

Benefits & Emergency Assistance

The Benefits & Emergency Assistance Task Force brings together leaders from public agencies and non-profit organizations to assist Service Members, Veterans and their Families in understanding the full spectrum of – an intersection of – civilian and military/veteran benefit programs available to them. These programs may include disability benefits, nutrition, emergency assistance, and more.

Benefits & Emergency Assistance Task Force Leader – Vacant

Email the IJF Team at info@illinoisjoiningforces.org if you are interested!

 

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!

Benefits and Emergency Assistance - Resource Links

IJF works closely with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs when dealing with these types of assistance requests. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is the leading Illinois government agency to assist veterans and their families in terms of learning and understanding their benefits.
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 includes not only applying for federal and state benefits but also providing resources related to the following: Compensation and Pension, Health Care, Education and Training, Employment, Burial and Survivor, Housing, Permits, Transportation, and Military Records. This link also provides a map of VSO locations. 
IL Veteran Assistance Commissions are 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. They offer a professional and confidential no-fee service for VA Claims and/or County Veteran’s Assistance Claims.
IL Veteran Assistance Commissions – Additional Benefits Information
IL Veteran Assistance Commissions also provides veterans a list of Vet Centers in Illinois with their addresses for simple navigation. 
The US Department of Veterans Affairs benefits page will help you begin your federal navigation search about your benefits that are available to you. 
The AJ Lynch Foundation was formed to provide onetime funding to needy veterans and their families in order to assist in their recovery from financial hardships. They assist veterans who are actively participating in improving their lives, who through no fault of their own have gotten into financial trouble.

Financial Literacy

Financial independence is a key step on the Growth path for achieving sustainable independence. IJF is committed to ensuring that all Service Members, Veterans, and their Families are equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to manage money, access loans, and address other critical financial issues.

Financial Literacy Task Force Leader – Vacant

Email the IJF Team at info@illinoisjoiningforces.org if you are interested!

 

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!

Financial Literacy - Resources Link

Military.com provides headline news and technology updates so that Americans with military affinity stay connected and informed. They are the largest online military and veteran membership organization. They give important insight into all things military including the transition from military to civilian. 

“Vantage Point” is the official blog of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The blog covers important topics such as financial literacy, Health, Education, and Employment. This blog article gives important financial resources that veterans and their families can access. 
Mymoney.gov is a product of the Congressionally chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which is made up of more than 20 Federal entities that are coordinating and collaborating to strengthen financial capability and increase access to financial services for all Americans.

Legal Support

Navigating and understanding available options when legal matters arise can be difficult and put undue stress on you and your family. Whether the issue is about a discharge status upgrade, financial complications, or familial dispute, IJF works to provide Service Members, Veterans, and their Families with getting the necessary legal support and representation at a fraction of the cost.

Legal Support Task Force Leader – Vacant

Email the IJF Team at info@illinoisjoiningforces.org if you are interested!

Still need help? Call our Coordination Center at 1-877-236-7702 and speak to one of our call specialists 0r fill out our online Assistance Form!