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Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) - McHenry County

assisted living services Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) - McHenry County

Mission Statement

The Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County Provides services to the local veterans community in the areas of Financial Assistance, VA Claims & Advocacy, Transportation to the North Chicago VA Medical Center,  and Referrals Assistance.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to eligible Honorably discharged veterans and eligible immediate family members, and the eligible surviving spouse of an Honorably discharged veteran
  • Shelter: Rental or Mortgage assistance is paid directly to landlords / mortgage companies on behalf of eligible veterans.  We can assist placing homeless veterans into motels, hotels, or appropriate shelters.
  • Utilities: Payments can be made for electric, heat, water & sewage, trash removal, and medically required telephone service.
  • Food & Household Items: We can provide food vouchers for groceries, hygiene products, and household cleaning supplies.
  • Transportation: Fuel vouchers are available to assist eligible veterans with proof of insurance.
  • Independent Living: We can help veterans remain independent longer by assisting with payments to Independent Living Services 

 Referrals Services

The Veterans Assistance Commission works closely with numerous Federal, State, and Local agencies.  The VAC will work with clients to identify their needs and provide information about agencies that can help.
VA Claims & Advocacy
Military Service Members returning to civilian life and older veterans alike are strongly encouraged to visit a Veterans Service Officer to review VA benefits. Our Veterans Service Officers are accredited by the VA to prepare, present, and prosecute claims for VA Disability and Pension benefits on behalf of veterans and/or their families.  We are also available to assist with identifying and applying for other benefits or programs offered by the VA such as VA Healthcare.
There are many other programs and services not administered by the VA which veterans and/or their family members may be eligible.  We can help identify benefits the veteran and/or the veteran’s family can use. 


Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension

assisted living services Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension
The Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension, formerly known as Aid and Attendance, is available to any senior veteran, a veteran and spouse, or the widow of a veteran who was enlisted during a war-time period and was honorably discharged.  The benefit is available for in-home care or assisted living needs.  Contact Jennifer Prell at Elderwerks for more information on this benefit and to see if you qualify.


Midwest Veterans Closet

Impacting Veterans Lives, a 501 C 3 (47-2126427) humanitarian aid organization serves Veterans with HELP, HOPE, and DIGNITY through our Midwest Veterans Closet.

Midwest Veterans Closet, located in North Chicago, Illinois serves Veterans with weather appropriate clothing, personal care items, housewares, furniture, food from our Food Pantry, and more recently delivered meals to disabled, homebound Veterans with extremely generous donations from you.

In addition, our Drop-In Center, a warming and cooling center, is equipped with a bank of computers for professional (job searches and applications) and personal use. Here, a Cup O’ Joe is always available and often hot or cold food – all free to Veterans. Midwest Veterans Closet ‘Career Closet’ offers professional wear to Veterans, and current military who are preparing to re-enter civilian life. These men and women cannot afford such attire and consequently would present themselves at a job interview with jeans and a t-shirt.

2323 Greenbay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064


State of Illinois Veterans Benefits

The State of Illinois offers special benefits for its military service members and veterans including Property Tax Exemptions, exemptions for Specially Adapted Housing and Mobile Homes, State Employment Preferences and Assistance, Education and Tuition Assistance, Special Vehicle Tags, Veterans Homes, Burial Benefits as well as Hunting, Fishing Licenses and State Camping privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and veteran disability status.

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