Veteran's Resources


For BenU Veterans

Benedictine provides comprehensive career development services for all students and alumni. For information or to make an appointment, please contact: John Darnell, 630.829.6040 or email career@ben.eduWe are located in Krasa 010

For additional support please contact Career Developments Military Advocates Lynne Schrott 630-829.6038 or Lindsay Koriath 630-829-6009 

RileyGuide for Veterans: 
A Veteran Owned firm dedicated to helping veterans find job opportunities
Department of Labor:  Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)
U.S.Office of Personnel Management (OPM):
Provides links to Veteran’s information
VetJobs is a leading source for candidates with security clearance:
Orion International: 
The nation’s largest recruiting firm

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

U.S. Department of Labor/Employment Laws including The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA):


Employment Support of the National Guard & Reserves (ESGR):
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization. It is a staff group within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (OASD/RA), which is in itself a part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts a rising from an employee's military commitment. It is the lead DoD organization for this mission under DoD Directive 1250.1.

Federal Hiring Reform Bill: 
Information on the Federal Hiring Reform Bill, May 2010 

Forms for Veterans: 
Vet Success:
Provides resources, job tools and tips, and more.

VETS Web site:

 “VETS” serves Veterans & Service Members. They provide resources and expertise to assist and prepare veterans obtain meaningful careers, maximize their employment opportunities, and protect their employment rights.

Veteran’s Service Records:
Provides information on how to request your military service records

Disabled American Veterans:

Veterans of Foreign Wars:

Work Adjustment:
11 inspiring programs helping veterans get back to school


Our Public Service: Step by step hiring guide for federal managers
Feds Hire Vets:
Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses (“elaws”) Advisor: 
Recruit Military:  Employer Resources (Why hire a vet?) 
Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011:  House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Hiring our Heroes:
In March of 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with our network of 1600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal was to create a movement across America in hundreds of local communities where veterans and military families return every day. In the first 12 months, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 140 hiring fairs in 47 states and the District of Columbia. 

Hiring Events throughout the U.S.: Recruiting Events

Additional Resources to Assist Veterans Transition to Civilian Employment
Career One Stop for Military Transition: 
Key to Career Success Web site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor through the Career One Stop project as part of the department's assistance to service members, military families, employers and the workforce staff serving them. Much of the content in Key to Career Success is based on U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored resources and has been customized to meet the needs of recently separated military personnel.

Leave No Veteran Behind:
Leave No Veteran Behind (LNVB) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and employment services to Veterans who face economic hardship. Through our innovative educational debt relief scholarship, community service,employment training, and job placement.

TheREALifelines: Veterans’ Employment and Career Transition Advisor offers guidance for veterans on finding a job, returning to a pre-service employer, working for the Federal government, benefits and other support services, AND assistance for family members. It also offers specific information for wounded warriors, including guidance on job accommodations. For Veterans seeking employment and training, the Advisor provides links to state-specific resources.

The National Resource Directory: 
This directory provides resources and news items for the wounded warrior, veteran, and military communities. Resources can be searched by state as well as topic. Some of these include information on: Benefits and Compensation, Education& Training, Family & Caregiver Support, Health, Homeless Assistance, Housing, Transportation & Travel, Volunteer Opportunities and more.

National Resources Directory for Illinois:  

Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses (“elaws”) Advisor: 
One of a series of elaws Advisors developed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to help employers and employees understand federal employment laws. 

Continuing Education and Related Resources for Veterans
Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG): The IVG Program pays tuition and fees for either undergraduate or graduate study at all Illinois public colleges and universities. Recipients may use their grant assistance up to a maximum of 120 eligibility units Overview of Education & Benefits:

Scholarships and Financial Assistance:

How to Find Programs and Help Applying to Schools:

Support for Student Veterans:
Today’s GI Bill: 

Illinois Veterans Programs
Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG): The IVG Program pays tuition and fees for either undergraduate or graduate study at all Illinois public colleges and universities. Recipients may use their grant assistance up to a maximum of 120 eligibility units.

You were an Illinois resident six months prior to entering active duty.
You returned to the state of Illinois within six months of being separated from active duty.
You served on active duty for a total of 12 or more months.
You received honorable discharge.
The IVG covers resident tuition and mandatory fees.


Illinois National Guard Grant (ING): Enlisted or officers of Illinois National Guard Units with one or more years of service may be eligible for payment of tuition at state universities and colleges in Illinois through the ING. Recipients may use their grant assistance up to a maximum of 120 eligibility units.

You are an enlisted or company grade officer of an Illinois National Guard Unit.
You have one or more years of service.
Application must be made annually and is available from ISAC. For more information on either the IVG or INGG, contact the ISAC Special Awards Unit at 800-899-4722


MIA/POW Scholarship: The MIA/POW Scholarship is available to dependents of Illinois veterans who are/were prisoners of war, declared missing in action, deceased, or have 100% service connected disability. Scholarship Benefits: Full payment of tuition at any state supported Illinois institution of higher learning. Renewable up to four calendar years of full-time enrollment including summer term (120 points).You may request more eligibility information or an application from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs by calling 217-782-3564.

Career Development:       
Education Abroad:
Financial Aid:
Student Success Center: (To request accommodations for students with disabilities)


Academic Affairs

Julie Cosimo, Ed.D. Director
Career Development
Phone: (630) 829-6041
Fax: (630) 829-6043

Krasa Center, Lower Level Room 010
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m