Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

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Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
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Agency overview
Headquarters 833 South Spring Street, P.O. Box 19432 Springfield, Illinois,
United States
Employees 1200
Annual budget $138,179,100 (FY2014 proposed)
Agency executives Erica J. Borggren,
Director, IDVA
Rodrigo Garcia,
Assistant Director, IDVA


The mission of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is to empower veterans and their families to thrive. We do this by assisting them in navigating the system of federal state and local resources and benefits; by providing long-term health care for eligible veterans in our Veterans’ Homes; and by partnering with other agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges.[1]


IDVA is an Illinois executive agency, funded and administered under the auspices of the Governor, and operates independently of USDVA. While the USDVA provides the bulk of healthcare and financial benefits for the nation’s veterans, IDVA provides critical augmenting programs and services for Illinois veterans. Additionally, IDVA’s Veteran Services Officers are experts in both federal and state benefits and resources; they stand by to assist veterans in navigating and applying for USDVA and IDVA programs and benefits. IDVA is NOT a part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA – or “the VA,” as it’s often termed). VA medical centers (Jesse Brown, Hines, etc.) and USDVA benefits (disability compensation, etc.) are administered and funded by the federal government. The IDVA team consists of more than 1,200 staff – many of whom are veterans – who are committed to serving the Illinois veteran community.

· Veteran Service Officers

· Veterans’ Home Staff

· Central Office

· Special programs, including the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program & Veterans Cash

· State-Approving Agency (SAA)

· Grants/Records

In addition, IDVA serves as a liaison to the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs and other federal and Illinois State agencies that provide programs for veterans. The IDVA actively partners with others who help and empower veterans, including educational institutions, county officials, and employment service personnel.[1]