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vets.jpgDear Veteran,

The State of Illinois offers a variety of programs and resources for veterans and their families. Here you will find a collection of federal, state, and local services available to veterans on a wide variety of issues. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please feel welcome to give my office a call at (815) 254-0000 and a member of my constituent service team will be happy to assist you.

On behalf of all of us, thank you for your service to our country. Our community is grateful for your sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. Please feel welcome to let us know any way in which we can assist you or your family.


Tom Cross

State Representative, 97th District


Illinois Veterans’ Benefits

Click HERE for a brochure on all the information every Illinois veteran needs to know on state programs and resources available to veterans and their families.


Veterans Resources

Please click on the links below to find valuable federal, state, and local resources available to veterans and their families:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Operation Homefront

Illinois Military Family Relief Fund

Illinois Association of County Veterans Assistance Commissions

Kendall County Veterans Assistance Commission

Will County Veterans Assistance Commission

Illinois Veterans Homes at Anna, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy

V.A. Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics in Illinois

American Legion of Illinois

VFW of Illinois

Illinois AMVETS

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

CPA Society free tax preparation for Military Families

Honor Flight Network - Illinois

Illinois JobLink - employment opportunities for veterans

Illinois Secretary of State - Veteran License Plates Request Form

Illinois Veterans Hotline, 1-800-382-3000 (Illinois Attorney General's Office)


Veterans Advisory Council

The following individuals from our community serve on Rep. Tom Cross' Veterans Advisory Council.  We salute them for their service to our country in the U.S. Armed Forces and thank them for their continued service to our community.

Please join us in recognizing these outstanding local men and women:

Frank Pierson - U.S. Army/Iraq

J.C. Tromp - U.S. Army/World War II

Kristina McNichol - Acting Superintendent, Will County Veterans Assistance Commission

Anna Bazik - U.S. Air Force

Thomas Mlynek - U.S. Navy/Vietnam (Reserve)

Ed Dixon - U.S. Air Force/Vietnam; U.S. Army (Reserve)

Steve Barrett - U.S. Marine Corps

Gary Stieg - U.S. Army/Vietnam; U.S. Air Force (Reserve)

Tony Arellano - U.S. Navy

Greg Roach - U.S. Navy

Steve Goldblatt - U.S. Army

Gary Taylor - American Legion Post Marne 13, U.S. Army

Jean Perle - mother of serviceman

*Bernadette (Bernie) Slowinski - Operation Support Our Troops America

*Not a veteran


Veterans Survey

Please take a moment to complete a brief survey to help me better serve the needs of veterans in our community:

Fill out my online form.

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