Military Veterans' Assistance and State Charter
The Military and Veterans Assistance Act (MVAA) establishes the processes for creating and operating a veterans assistance commissions (VAC). The MVAA is the legal framework by which VACs can provide the just and necessary assistance and services to military veterans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and whose last discharge from the service was honorable or general under honorable conditions, to their families, and to the families of deceased veterans with service who need such assistance and services.
VACs are formed by veteran service organizations (VSOs) that have been congressionally chartered or State chartered. The Veteran Service Organizations State Charter Act (effective January 1, 2024) gives the Illinois Attorney General’s Office oversight to approve State charters. For VSOs seeking State charter, download the link below for the State Charter Application and instructions.
Call the Military and Veterans Rights Helpline to inquire about Veteran Service Organizations that have State Charter Status.
Upon request, members of the Military and Veterans Rights Bureau can conduct presentations pertaining to the Military and Veterans Assistance Act and the Veteran Service Organizations State Charter Act. For more information contact the Military and Veterans Rights Helpline at 1-800-382-3000 or by email at MVRB@ilag.gov