Individuals are encouraged to contact the community service providers listed below for more information.

On Campus

Veterans Resource Center at Governors State University
1 University Pkwy, GMT-157, University Park, IL 60484
Phone: (708) 235-7597 | Web:
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Veterans Assistance Clinics & Hospitals

Edward Hines, Jr. V.A Hospital
5000 5th Ave., Hines, IL 60141
Phone: 708-202-8387 | Open 24 hours

Marion V.A. Medical Center
2401 W. Main St. Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-997-5311 | Open 24 hours

Chicago Heights VA Outpatient Clinic
211 Dixie Hwy, Suite 4
Chicago Heights, IL. 60411
Phone: 708-754-8880
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
*Closed on weekends and all federal holidays

Forest Park Veterans Center
1515 S. Harlem Ave.
Forest Park, IL 60130
Phone: 708-457-8805
Hours: Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
*Closed on weekends and all federal holidays
Note: Evening appointments are available by request once you become a client

Chicago Heights Veterans Center
1010 Dixie Hwy Suite 200
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708-754-0340
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
*Closed on weekends and all federal holidays

Orland Park Veterans Counseling Center
8651 West 159th St.
Orland Park, IL 60643
Phone: 708-444-0561
Contact Person: Gregory Wiza
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
*Closed on weekends and all federal holidays
Services: The center offers confidential help for Veterans, service members, and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting. Our services include counseling for needs such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma (MST). We can also connect you with more support in VA and your community.

Veterans General Assistance Programs

Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
1200 South 1st Ave. Hines, IL.
Phone: 708-338-7500
Emergency and After-Hours Number: 866-503-9078
Services: Special services for Veterans and/or family members of Veterans: Legal representation at court hearings for involuntary admission and involuntary treatment, investigations into alleged violations of disability rights, and information about mental health law.

Journey Care Intake
Phone: 224-770-2489
Care Coordinator: 224-770-2424
Open 24 hours
Address to the location will be given once intake has been completed.
Services: Hospice, palliative care, and bereavement support. Special services for Veterans and/or family members of Veterans. Staff and volunteers are specially trained on physical and mental health issues that may affect veterans and their families, and how to offer veteran-centric support through our “We Honor Veterans” program. Special sensitivity to PTSD and moral injury that may surface near the end of life.

St. Leo Campus Residence for Veterans
7750 S. Emerald Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60620
Phone: 773-651-9950
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Property Manager Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Services: Residence provides long-term housing in 141 studio apartments for Veterans as well as onsite case management services. St. Leo Campus for Veterans serves as a Permanent Supportive Housing Program that consists of 141 furnished studio apartments and common recreational space, a fitness room, a library, a computer lab, and multipurpose rooms for community meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, the resident’s council, and celebrations. The building is equipped with an elevator, laundry facilities, and the front desk is monitored 24 hours a day. On site comprehensive social services are provided to all Veterans in the building.

Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County
1790 Nations Drive, Suite 221
Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: 847-377-3344
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 3 p.m.
Services: The Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County helps veterans apply for financial and medical aid, find jobs, and more. Lake County has grant funds available annually. For non-profit organizations and governmental entities to assist homeless persons. These funds provide for emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing, and supportive services.

Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County
Main Office: 1100 S. Hamilton
Juvenile Detention Center - Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-433-6010
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
*Except holidays
Services: Financial assistance is available for transportation, mortgage or rent, utilities such as electricity, gas or water, food, burial, or cremation.

*Off-campus organizations and resources listed on this website are provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply an endorsement of the organization by Governors State University. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of Governors State University.