In early 2013, a few student veterans from DePaul University in Chicago came together and started a conversation. They wanted to figure out how to simplify their transition from military to civilian life. They reached out to other student veterans to join the conversation and quickly learned that their struggles were universal.

The group started meeting regularly on campus, coffee shops and taverns to share information on veteran benefits, employment opportunities and other resources. They decided to set a goal, each one of them had to reach out to a fellow student veteran and invite them to join the conversation.

The group quickly grew and was now in multiple universities and colleges throughout Chicago, the more they met the more their networks and understanding of benefits grew. They soon realized that the best method of transition was meeting regularly and sharing information and guidance (peer-to-peer mentorship) and that is when the idea of Chicago Veterans was born.