AMVETS Department of Illinois
2401 W. Main St.
Building 82, Rm 108
Marion, IL 62959
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- Veteran Benefits
- Veteran disability claims
- Veteran burial benefits
- Veteran educational benefits
- Veterans surviving spouse benefits
- AMVETS Career Center
Hours of OperationMonday -Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM excluding holidays
THE AMVETS ORGANIZATION is the fourth largest Congressionally chartered Veterans Organization; it began in 1944 and was originally formed to help WW II Veterans. Illinois AMVETS was founded one year later in 1945, and has since grown to be one of the largest AMVETS departments.
With approximately 12,000 members and just over 100 Posts, Illinois AMVETS has been at the forefront of community and veterans' service for the State of Illinois. With the AMVETS organizations' open door policy to any veteran who is Honorably Discharged, we hope to continue to grow and provide service for the veterans and their surrounding communities.
Each AMVETS Post, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and AMVETS VAVS/"Because We Care Day" Representatives
can apply for a monthly or yearly grant from the Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation to assist them in their various programs benefiting and servicing American Veterans.
For additional information on each of these grants available, please refer to the grants listed below.
Over the years, Illinois AMVETS has played a crucial role in bringing several important projects to fruition in Illinois.
The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation granted $4 million for a new 15,000 square foot state of the art facility at the Marion VA Medical Center in Marion, Illinois. This new facility houses centers for mental health, prosthetics, vocational and occupational rehabilitation, as well as an aqua therapy pool, resource center and job training and placement for all veterans.
The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation is proud to have significantly sponsored the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Chicago's St. Leo Campus for Veterans. In 2006, the Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation pledged $2.5 million to the creation and aid of this worthy project.
The St. Leo Campus houses 141 veterans who were once homeless. This residence is a safe place to live both independently and affordably. In addition, the campus will provide a support system to help those veterans get back on their feet. In addition to housing, there will also be a medical clinic available, including drug and alcohol counseling, a food pantry, and a memorial garden to honor all veterans. The Illinois AMVETS is particularly excited about the career center, with includes a computer lab to build valuable work skills and help veterans look for jobs. In addition, the campus houses an Illinois AMVETS Service Officer to assist the veterans with service-related claims.