Our Brief History

In 2013, a few student veterans from DePaul University in Chicago came together to figure out how to simplify their transition from military to civilian life. We reached out to other student veterans from UIC, Columbia, DeVry, as well as the city’s community colleges  to join the conversation and quickly learned that our struggles were universal.

The group started meeting regularly on campus, coffee shops and taverns to share useful information about veteran benefits, employment opportunities and resources. We soon realized that the best method of transition was meeting regularly and sharing information and guidance.

We decided to set a goal: to reach out and assist every veteran we could and help make Chicago a world class city for our veterans. We weren’t exactly sure how we were going to do it at the time, but we knew we wanted to continue helping our brother and sisters in arms.

In late 2013, we buckled down and went to work figuring out the process of becoming a charitable organization to further our mission. We scraped together the $500.00 that was required to apply and submit our paperwork for approval.

In February of 2014 that simple idea, gave birth to Chicago Veterans and we were awarded our 501(c)3.