We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served our nation and safeguarded our freedom. In war and in peace, they have risked their lives for our country.
Attorney General Raoul recognizes that the physical and psychological effects of military duty often continue after the tour of duty ends. Likewise, the country's support for the troops does not stop when they come home. To compensate veterans for the hardships they have suffered in service to our country, the state and federal governments provide them with benefits.
The Attorney General's Military and Veterans Rights Bureau is dedicated to ensuring that veterans and active duty military service members receive the benefits they have earned. The bureau provides men and women with assistance, including case advocacy, health outreach and public advocacy forums. For more information on the services our office provides, please see the links below or contact the Military and Veterans Rights Bureau.
The Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (ISERRA)
In 2018, the Attorney General's Office initiated a new law to strengthen our stateís commitment to members of our National Guard & Reserve. The Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (ISERRA) ensures Illinois service membersí employment and benefits are protected while they are fulfilling their military requirements.
The law reflects the need to protect our military service members and their right to maintain their civilian jobs while they are serving our country. ISERRA also helps provide information and training for employers across Illinois.
The law also created a new position of ISERRA advocate in the Attorney Generalís Office. The ISERRA advocate can assist both service members and employers with information to ensure the rights of service members are protected. For further assistance, please contact the Attorney Generalís ISERRA Advocate, Thomas W. W. Banning, at 1-800-382-3000 (TTY: 1-800-964-3013).
To ensure that service members who are also public employees can receive all the benefits they are due while fulfilling their military duty, our office can help with the Differential Pay calculations.
View this self-guided PowerPoint that explains the law and instructs employers, employees and HR professionals in how to calculate payments accurately.
The accompanying worksheet goes step-by-step and includes formulas to generate the payments for specific circumstances.Calculating Differential Pay Overview and Instructions (Power Point) Differential Calculation Worksheet
Military and Veterans Rights Links and Documents:
Benefits for Illinois Veterans 2022
Legal Rights of Illinois Service Members 2023
Veteransí Consumer Alert: Pension Benefits Scams
Burial Benefits for Illinois Veterans
Hiring & Promotion Preference within State & Local Government
Illinois Service members Civil Relief Act (ISCRA)
Illinois Family Military Leave Act
Military Sexual Trauma: Rights and Resources
Military and Veteransí Rights Fact Sheet
Military and Veterans Rights Bureau Contact Information:
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