Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of the veteran and his family is always our prime concern: for over 80 years, The American Legion has led the fight for benefits for the veteran and his family. The American Legion was instrumental in sponsoring legislation which established the Veterans Administration system of hospitals. Today, The American Legion spends many thousands in terms of volunteer man hours and dollars in support of the sick and needy veterans and his family.  Here in Illinois alone, in one year, over 3,500 cases pertaining to veterans  benefits were handled by a highly trained rehabilitation staff. Our Mobile VA & R Service Van travels the state assisting veterans with claims and information on benefits.

DEPARTMENT VETERANS’ AFFAIRS AND REHABILITATION COMMISSION shall formulate and recommend to the Department Executive Committee, The American Legion policies, plan and programs as they concern all veterans in their physical and vocational rehabilitation, their education, their social and economic readjustment, their entitlement to compensation and pension, and the support of their dependents and survivors, to coordinate the activities of the National Organization in veterans affairs; and to oversee the effectiveness of The American Legion’s Department of Illinois Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation program of service to these war veterans and their dependents in claims for benefits administered by both Federal and State Governments. The commission shall cooperate with the Poppy Commission in the sale of poppies; aid in preparing and sponsoring legislation affecting veterans and their dependents and generally rendering whatever aid it may be able to render to the rehabilitation of veterans and the care of their families. It shall coordinate the Hospital Services Committee. Reports should be periodically made to Department Officers. 

Veterans' Affairs & Rehabilitation Office
2122 W. Taylor Street   Room 106
Chicago, IL 60612
OFFICE: (312) 980-4266
FAX: (312) 706-6675
EMAIL: va&r@illegion.org
Director: Wayne Macejak

Members

Chairman: Rodger A. Bennett
Vice Chairman: Tom Nebgen

Members: Ray Toczek, Ashley "Dave" Davis, Krystle Huelsmann