Welcome to the USA Cares Illinois Chapter page!

With an estimated 764,203 military veterans, Illinois proudly boasts the tenth largest veteran population in the country, representing 3.3 percent of the national veteran population. Illinois is also home to numerous military facilities, including Naval Station Great Lakes, Scott Air Force Base, and the Rock Island Depot.

It is estimated that 35,000 new veterans will be residing in Illinois between 2013-2017, 78% of these veterans are in their 30s and younger. New veterans are concentrated in and around Chicago (50%), near the Great Lakes Naval Base, and around St. Louis (17%), near the Scott Air Force Base. Large numbers also reside mid-state and in north-central Illinois.

The Illinois Chapter is dedicated to helping the veterans in our state. We will concentrate on raising awareness to the families that need our help, as well as raising funds to assist those families. If you are interested in being a part of the team and making a difference, please contact me.


Jeff Stec
Chair, Advisory Board
Illinois Chapter