Q: How do I join Chicago Veterans?

A: Anyone can join Chicago Veterans, but to become an Active Member of Chicago Veterans and receive a Membership ID, you need to submit your DD214 and received an Honorable Discharge.

Q: I am not a Veteran, can I still join?

A: Absolutely. Friends, family and supporters can be involved just as much as members can. We encourage everyone to join and become part of the family.

Q: How can I get involved?

A: We are building communities of veterans and supporters, the first step is to create a login account and join the website. You will then be connected to all members of Chicago Veterans, and view upcoming events. Reach out to any one of the members via message or participate in one of our events.

Q: I just submitted my DD214, now what should I do?

A: It will take a day or two to process your information, you will receive a conformation email and the ID will be shipped to you or you could choose to pick it up. Once you become an Active Member you could attend meeting, events, social gathering and enjoy all the perks of becoming a member.

Q: I am active duty can I still join?

A: Yes, you can still enjoy all the benefits of Chicago Veterans, but to receive an ID you must have completed one tour of service with honorable discharge.

Q: I am not from Chicago; does that mean I cannot join?

A: You do not have to be a resident of Chicago nor Illinois to join, anyone can. We are based in Chicago and focus on the surrounding areas, but anyone from anywhere can become a member.

Q: I am on terminal leave, now what should I do?

A: View everything on Chicago Veterans website; we have everything you will need for a smooth transition back to civilian life.

Q: Does Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have a military bus pass?

A: Yes, Active Duty and Disabled Veterans (at least 10%) qualify for the Military Service Pass to ride on any CTA/Pace bus or train for free.

Q: How to I obtain a Military Service Pass?

A: Follow this link to the CTA Military Page – https://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/fares/military.aspx

Q: I think I know what college I want to go to, but I am unsure if my GI Bill will cover the total cost

A: At any school start with setting up an appointment to speak with a  Military Advisers, they will be able to assist and ensure you are in the right program.

Q: Should I attend a Community College or a University in Chicago?

A: Both are great choices, your GI bill will cover the cost of almost any Public College; however The GI Bill might not cover the full tuition of a Private College. Many Colleges offer a “Yellow Ribbon” program which pays the remaining balance of tuition that the GI bill does not cover. Here is a list of Schools that offer the Yellow Ribbon Program – https://www.gibill.va.gov/gi_bill_info/ch33/yrp/2012/states/il.htm

Q: So, what exactly is Yellow Ribbon and what does it do?

A: In a nutshell, Yellow Ribbon is a voluntary cost-sharing agreement directly between VA and any given institution of higher learning. Under this agreement, VA and each school agree to contribute matching funds above and beyond the $17,500 maximum of the GI Bill

Q: What is the Illinois Veteran Grant Program?

A: It is a separate program that Illinois offers its veterans, on top of the GI Bill. – The Illinois Veterans’ Grant (IVG) Program pays tuition and certain fees at all Illinois state-supported colleges, universities and community colleges for eligible Illinois veterans.

Q: How can I learn more about the IVG and if I quality?

A: Click the link to learn all about the IVG and how to apply – https://www.isac.org/students/during-college/types-of-financial-aid/grants/illinois-veteran-grant-(ivg)-program.html

Q: What colleges accept the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)?

A: Click on the link to see a full list of Colleges that accept the IVG – https://www.isac.org/dotAsset/32f9ad1a-36ed-47d4-9b5a-868715763c9a.pdf

Q: How do I get  all my Veteran benefits started?

A: E-Benefits is your first stop to applying for the GI Bill and all other Benefits https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal

Q: Is it true that Veterans get free medical in Illinois?

A: Yes, Veterans who have served in a combat zone get up to 5 years of free medical benefits under the “Combat Veteran” bill from  the start of your discharge date – contact the Jesse Brown VA medical center to learn more about it – https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal

Q: What about Dental? Do Veterans get Dental service?

A: Yes, returning Veterans get 6 months of free dental after their date of separation – Follow the link to find out more –https://www.chicago.va.gov/