Military and Veterans Programs


Veteran's Affairs Leyden Township Office

Attention all Veterans:

We are pleased to introduce our Veterans' Service Officer: Cynthia McKee. Cynthia, a Retired Army Veteran is proud to serve Veterans throughout the state.

She may be contacted directly at: 847 451-5111, or visit her office located in the Leyden Town Hall (2501 Mannheim, Franklin Park 60131) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
She will be happy to provide assistance.


Veteran's Affairs

You and your family may be entitled to the following benefits from the Federal Veterans Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, State, County, and Municipal Veterans Laws:

GI Loans 
Housing Benefits
Military License Plates
Military Records
Parents Dependency 
POW License Plate 
Women Veteran Resources
Compensation and Pension
Disability Compensation
Education and Training
GI Bill Education 
MIA/POW Scholarships
Health Care & Pharmacy Programs
Illinois Insurance Programs
Illinois Veterans’ Homes
Burial Benefits
Burial Allowance 
Grave Markers 
U.S. Flag 

Links for more information

Veteran Benefits |

Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs

Veterans Benefits Administration

Fact Sheets - Veterans Benefits Administration


The Cook County Recorder of Deeds

Downtown Chicago Office
118 N. Clark St., Chicago IL
Phone (312) 603-5050

Recording your DD-214 through the Cook County Recorder of Deeds

Veterans can record their DD-214 military discharge certificates with CCRD and receive a copy for free. No matter what happens, whether it be a tragic fire or a need to quickly retrieve a copy for burial benefits, recording your DD-214 with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds means you will always be able to get a certified copy when you need it.
If you would like to record your DD-214 or would like to get a copy of one (1996 or sooner), just stop by our Downtown Chicago office. If you would like to get a copy of an older DD-214, we ask that you call ahead first so that we can have it waiting for you when you arrive. Some older DD-214s, especially from World War II era, require a hand-search through ledger books and can take some time.

Federal and state law protects the privacy of veterans when it comes to DD-214s, and we have implemented a strict procedure to ensure security.
For new DD-214 recordings, your personal information such as Social Security Number is digitally redacted.
All DD-214s are protected from public view, and are only available to the person named in the document, the named person’s dependents, the county veterans’ service officer, representatives of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or any person with written authorization from the named person or the named person’s dependents.Learn About CCRD’s Free DD-214 Recording Service


Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program

The Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program is a public- and private-sector partnership to honor those who serve and have served. It is jointly administered by the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Our goal is to create a network of businesses and merchants who offer money-saving discounts and incentives to veterans and active-duty military, as a way of showing our gratitude. Those who wish to take advantage of this program can visit CCRD’s Veterans Service Office at 118 N. Clark, Room 120, and upon proof of service, receive a Discount/ID Card.


If you would like more information visit CCRD, call (312) 603-5788 or email


Triton College

Veteran contact person:
Dr. Amanda Turner, Dean of Enrollment Services or (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3679

Community Resources
Career Services
Resources & Services
Veterans Networking Group
Veteran Organizations & Affiliates



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