Veterans' Resources


These sites provide helpful information on education, health and general benefits for veterans at a local, state and federal level. Links for women veterans and other interesting organizations are also listed.


Education Benefits

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Education Resources
Information for Illinois veterans on the G.I. Bill, scholarships, grants, and educational and training programs.

Illinois Board of Higher Education Veterans Page

United States Department of Education Veterans Page

United States Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill
The home for all educational benefits provided by the the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Health Benefits

VA Health Care Index
An A to Z index of health care links complied by the VA to help navigate the site.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

Veteran's and Military Health
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, this portal provides trust-worthy information on health related issues pertaining to veterans. This site offers information on many topics including PTSD, insurance coverage, clinical trials, and mental health. It also includes links to videos, glossaries, journal articles, directories and organizations.

Illinois Warrior Assistance Program
The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program provides free and confidential assistance for returning Illinois Veterans. Proudly offered by the State of Illinois, our goal is to help service members and their families deal with the emotional challenges they may be facing as they transition back to their daily lives.

Veterans Care
Veterans Care Program is a program designed to provide comprehensive, affordable healthcare to Illinois' uninsured veterans. The Veterans Care Program covers those veterans who have the least access to reliable healthcare. These are the veterans who cannot currently access Veterans Health Administration's benefits and who meet specific income requirements.

Center for Disease Control Veterans Health Page
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is involved in protecting the health of U.S. military personnel and veterans. In fact, CDC was established to address concerns about malaria among our troops during World War II. In more recent years, CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) has taken the lead for HHS in addressing the health concerns of veterans of the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, and NCEH is working with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to protect the health of our future military forces. 

Gulf War Veterans Illness
Information about health problems associated with military service during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and related VA benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

General Benefit Information

DuPage County Veterans Assistance
The VAC of DuPage is distinct unit of local government created by State Law and funded by DuPage County.The VAC is an annual one-time emergency assistance program designed to help veterans that find themselves in need of financial assistance. They provide help with bills and expenses and provide advocacy for veterans in DuPage county.

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
The IDVA is dedicated to providing the veterans of Illinois with the services and benefits they have earned. It gives information on benefits, local assistance programs, and scholarships.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
The premiere resource for all veterans, this a huge site with a wealth of information; below are links to special topics and helpful pages within the website.

A great site for returning veterans, it explains the education, health care, job assistance, and loan benefits available through the VA.

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors
An online viewable copy of the Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors 2010 Edition booklet. There is also an option to download the PDF.\

Military Handbooks
This site is run by Grantham University and provides free military handbooks to active and retired military personnel. The handbooks are easy to read, down-loadable PDFs and cover such topics as benefits, retirement planning, education benefits, and career decisions.

eBenefits is your one-stop shop for online benefits-related tools and information. This portal is designed for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Service Members, their families, and their caregivers. eBenefits provides two main services. It's a catalog of links to information on other websites about military and Veteran benefits. And it provides a personalized workspace called My eBenefits which gives quick access to all the online tools now integrated into eBenefits - tools that let you do things like apply for benefits, download your DD 214, and see your benefits status online.

Department of Veterans Affairs' YouTube Channel
The official YouTube channel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This is where you'll find a collection of VA's videos on America's Veterans, their family members, and the work VA is doing in communities throughout the country.

VAntage Point
The offical blog of the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Follow the VA on Twitter
Department of Veterans Affairs' Facebook Page

Women Veterans

Center for Women Veterans
Provides news and links of particular interest to female veterans.

Women in the Military & Women Veterans
As part of the Women's Research & Education Institute, they provide a biannual publication, Women in the ''Military – Where They Stand'', which has played a defining role for women soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen as they serve their country.

Other Helpful Sites

College of DuPage Veterans Association
A club dedicated to fostering a community for veterans at College of DuPage, advocacy pertaining to veteran's issues and service to the larger community.  We are a non partisan organization open to all students who are interested in Veteran Affairs.

ABA Home Front:  Legal Resources for Military Families, from the American Bar Association.

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
Located in Wheaton, the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is a not-for-profit transitional living facility that provides assistance to U.S. veterans of any era for the opportunity to return to useful and productive lives by providing them with the skills for independent living. >

Military Friendly Schools.    View the approved COD Profile from this organization.

True North Project for Veterans:  Volunteers for America - Illinois

Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Library of Congress Veteran's History Project

Veteran Owned Business Directory
This is a comprehensive, user friendly directory of small, medium and large businesses owned by veterans, active duty military, reservists and service disabled veterans.

VETBIZ.GOV.  Veterans resources for running businesses, from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Illinois Veterans History Project
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White initiated the Illinois Veterans' History Project to create a permanent record of the names and stories of Illinois war veterans and civilians who served our state and country during war, so that their contributions will not be forgotten.

National Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Resources at COD's Library

Below is a list of links by topic that will show COD's holdings in that subject area. If you need assistance locating an item, please ask a librarian for help.

COD Library Catalog Click here, for books and videos in the Library

Iraq and Afghanistan

Various works about Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans available at COD's library.

Persian Gulf War

Various Works on the Persian Gulf War available at COD's Library.

Vietnam War

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Vietnam Veterans

Personal Narratives on the Vietnam War

General Veteran's Resources

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Veterans Services Handbooks

Career Information for Veterans

Health Care for Veterans

Veterans' Rights

G.I. Bill


These databases available at COD's library may contain useful information about and for veterans. 

You can find these online databases listed by clicking here. You need a COD Library Card to access these databases from off-campus.  CLICK HERE for information about obtaining a COD Library Card.

Academic OneFile (this database covers lots of different topics)

Academic Search Complete (this database covers lots of different topics)

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (has many links to full-text publications; free to use, just click on the title)

ERIC (for education-related articles)

History Study Center  (for historical topics, not for current topics)

Homeland Security Digital Library  (this has many full text government publications)


Military and Government Collection (this has many magazines from government agencies)

Newspaper Databases (this includes the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and New York Times)

PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (an index to articles, not many full-text articles; free to use, just click on the title)

PsycArticles (with full text articles from professional journals)

PsychInfo (the main database for psychological-related articles)

SocIndex with Full-Text (for articles on social and cultural topics)

Reference Books

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

The ACA Encyclopedia of Counseling. Reference BF636.54 .A23 2009
African Americans at War: An Encyclopedia. Reference U 52 .S 88 2004
Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence. Reference HV 6626 .E 534 2007
Encyclopedia of Homelessness. Reference HV4493 .E 53 2004
Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment. Reference UB 800 .E 53 2000
Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma. Reference RC 552 .P 67 E 53 2008
Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America. Reference UB 357 .E 53 2009
Encyclopedia of Trauma. Reference RC 552 .P 67 E 534 2012
Encyclopedia of War and American Society. Reference E 181 .E 634 2006
Encyclopedia of Youth and War. Reference HQ 784 .W 3 S 54 2000
Handbook of Military Social Work. (2013)
International Encyclopedia of Depression. Reference RC 537 .I 573 2009
Returning Wars' Wounded, Injured, and Ill: A Reference Handbook.
The U.S. Military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy: A Reference Handbook
Veterans in the United States: Statistics and Resources. (2015)
Women and War: A Historical Encyclopedia.. Reference U 24 .W 69 2006

Important Phone Numbers

Veterans Suicide Prevention Line
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.


Department Phone Number
COD Veterans Education Certifying Official (630) 942-2444
Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs-Chicago Office 312-814-2460
Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs-Springfield Office 217-782-6641
DuPage County Veterans Assistance 630-407-5655
VA Benefits 1-800-827-1000
Children of Women Vietnam Veterans (CWVV)

Foreign Medical Program (FMP)
Spina Bifida Health Care Program

Beneficiaries in receipt of Pension Benefits 1-877-294-6380
Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA)

CHAMPVA In-House Treatment Initiative (CITI)

Education (GI Bill) 1-877-222-8387
Health Care Benefits 1-888-442-4551
Income Verification and Means Testing 1-800-929-8387
Service members and/or Veterans Group Life Insurance Program 1-800-419-1473
All other VA Life Insurance Programs 1-800-669-8477
Mammography Helpline 1-888-492-7844
Gulf War/Agent Orange/Project Shad/Mustard Agents

Lewisite/Ionizing Radiation

Status of Headstones and Markers 1-800-697-6947

Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD)