VACBC Assistance Criteria and Support Available


The Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County (VACBC) is a County Governmental Agency operated by and for U.S. veterans. The VACBC is authorized to act as the central committee for veterans’ assistance in Boone County under the Illinois Military Veterans Assistance Act (330 ILCS 45/1 et seq.) and is funded in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Counties Code (55 ILCS 5/1-1001 et seq.).

The Veterans Assistance Program is an emergency and interim financial assistance program. It is NOT intended to be an ongoing financial supportive program. All assistance provided is based on established standards of need as set forth by IDHS (Illinois Department of Human Services) or by the Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County. It is also NOT the intent of the VACBC to provide assistance either less than or in excess of the levels of assistance adopted by IDHS or of those set forth by the standard operating procedures of the Commission.

Applicants -- Applicants for Veterans Assistance shall be residents of Boone County and unable to provide food, shelter, and medical care for themselves or their dependents. Applicants must have applied for Public Aid (AFDC, Food Stamps/SNAP, and medical). (For possible exceptions – See LIMITED ONE-TIME ASSISTANCE below).

Applications -- Every veteran has a right to receive and submit a written application for Veterans Assistance from the VACBC.

Eligibility -- Applicants for assistance from the VACBC must present a DD-214 or Certificate of Service showing an Honorable Discharge If the applicant does not have a DD-214 or Certificate of Service, he/she must authorize the VACBC to obtain a copy from the appropriate U.S. Department of Defense records center.

An Eligible Veteran for VACBC Assistance is a veteran whose last period of active military service was Honorable and met the time in service requirement for the era in which the veteran served unless the veteran was discharged for a disability incurred in the line of duty (not as a result of the members own misconduct) that was found to be service connected by the US Department of Veterans Affairs or was released early from service because of a family hardship (Hardship Discharge).

The Last Period of Service refers to veterans who had more than one period of active military service and more than one discharge.

Honorable Discharge is a discharge in which the character of discharge is described as Honorable. (A General or General Under Honorable Conditions Discharge does NOT meet the character of discharge needed for assistance from the Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County).

Active Military Service is full time service in a branch of the United States Military as opposed to Reserve duty where a member is still in the military but not actively engaged. Active duty for training, service as a Cadet or Midshipman at the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy, United States Air Force Academy, or in any component of the Reserve Officers Training Corps is not considered as qualifying service for VACBC assistance.

Veterans Who Began Active Service after September 7, 1980 must Honorably complete a minimum of 24 consecutive months of active duty or one day of combat duty during a period of hostilities as recognized by the President and Congress of the United States of America to allow eligibility for VACBC assistance.

Veterans Who Began Active Service Before September 8, 1980 must Honorably complete a minimum of 181 consecutive active duty days or one day of combat duty during a period of hostilities as recognized by the President and Congress of the United States of America to allow for VACBC eligibility for assistance.

Reservists or National Guard Members who were involuntarily activated or federalized by the President of the United States or the Secretary of Defense during a period of hostility, served in the theater of hostility, and Honorably completed the term for which the member was activated are eligible for VACBC benefits.

Any Honorably Discharged Reservist or National Guard Member who was federally activated and served Honorably for a minimum of 24 consecutive active duty months for service other than active duty for training is eligible for VACBC assistance.

Misconduct – Involves deliberate or intentional wrongdoing with knowledge of or wanton and reckless disregard of its probable consequences. Such a discharge excludes a veteran from VACBC Assistance.

Service Connected Disability – A chronic illness or injury found to be related to the veteran’s military service to a degree of 0% or greater by the US Department of Veterans Affairs allows a Veteran eligibility for VACBC assistance.

Residency -- As provided by the Illinois Counties Code (55 ILCS 5/5-2006), the funds provided by the VACBC for its assistance programs are obtained solely from appropriated tax moneys levied on property owners in Boone County. Therefore, all veterans, and their families, seeking assistance from the VACBC shall be residents of the State of Illinois and shall have been residents of the County of Boone for at least six months prior to seeking assistance, with no present intent to move outside Boone County limits. (Variance from the six months residency is by special circumstances ONLY. The VACBC reserves the right to determine if a Variance is allowed).

Indigence -- Standards of indigence are applied by the Department of Human Services in the State of Illinois and the Standards of Indigence set by the Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County. Therefore, declaring a Veteran indigent is determined by the VACBC.

The following VACBC Assistance may be given upon qualification:
VOUCHERS TO OBTAIN FOOD AND/OR PERSONAL ITEMS: Amount received is depending on size of family.

AT LEAST PARTIAL PAYMENTS OF UTILITIES AND FUEL: Utility payments will be made, providing the applicant qualifies in other respects. No deposits or past due bills will be paid to any utility company. (For possible exceptions – See LIMITED ONE-TIME ASSISTANCE below).

AT LEAST PARTIAL PAYMENT OF RENT/MORTGAGE: This VACBC Office does not pay security deposits, back rents or home finding fees. Rents shall not be paid to relatives unless it is a separate rental dwelling. (Before this office can make ANY rental or mortgage payments, a copy of a Lease or Mortgage Agreement is Mandatory).

LIMITED TRANSPORTATION: The VACBC has arranged transportation for Boone County Veterans to our local Veterans Medical Clinic in Rockford, IL or to the nearest Winnebago County Veterans Association VA Van pick-up point for transportation to the VA Medical Facility in Madison, WI. You MUST arrange this transportation through the VACBC Office at (815-544-6464). In addition, if you need transportation to the VA Medical Facility in Madison, WI you must also contact the Winnebago County Veterans Association VA Van Coordinator at (815-964-6166).

LIMITED ONE-TIME ASSISTANCE: The VACBC may provide limited One-Time Assistance to Veterans as needed. This is a discretionary funding allowed no more than ONE TIME PER TWELVE MONTH PERIOD per family. This funding is intended to assist a VERY NEEDING Veteran, Dependents of a Veteran, or Surviving Spouse of a Veteran through an Urgent, Emergency, or Near-Emergency Situation. The amount allotted is calculated as the minimum required to assist the Recipient. This assistance will be allotted on an as-needed basis and is completely at the discretion of the Superintendent and/or the Commission. (NO MONIES WILL BE GIVEN DIRECTLY TO THE RECIPIENT. ALL DISTRIBUTIONS WILL BE VIA VOUCHERS OR PAID DIRECTLY TO A BILLING AGENCY).