Message from the Mayor

Dear City of Chicago Veterans and Military Members of the U.S. Armed Forces,
On behalf of the residents of Chicago, thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country.  Your service can never be fully repaid. It can only be respected.

Just as you have answered the call and committed yourself to serving your country, we have a responsibility as a City to help you build a future that is worthy of your sacrifice.

This website was designed with you in mind and was specifically created to meet the needs of our veterans and active duty members of the Armed Forces, as well as your families. It will give you access the types of services that you might need in a number of key areas, including: Housing, Service and Benefits, Employment, and Emergency Services. The website will also help you to locate our Veterans Resource Center, Community Service Centers, and Senior Centers so we can serve you in person.

The City is committed to providing more targeted services to support our military veterans and active-duty service personnel and to connecting you to programs and services offered by different levels of government.  This is why, in 2014 Chicago joined a national challenge to end veteran homelessness. We have made great progress in the first year by placing more than 1,500 homeless veterans in secure housing.

I have appointed Mr. Victor LaGroon, a veteran himself, as Director of The Chicago Office of Veteran Affairs to direct efforts and continue to grow programs and services to help Chicago’s veterans. I have also directed our City’s 311 service call center operators to ask callers up front if they are veterans. This allows us to identify the most appropriate resources and programs that are available. Ultimately this information helps us tailor, target, and allocate the right resources for future programs and services to better serve you.

You have already answered the call to serve us. Now it is our turn to look out for you. Whether you come to us online, over the telephone via 3-1-1, or visit one of our City of Chicago facilities in person, we are proud to serve our U.S. military veterans and Active-Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Thank you for serving our city and our country.

With my deepest gratitude and respect,

Rahm Emanuel Mayor

VETERANS RESOURCE OFFICE

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