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State and Community Programs and Services

Illinois Military Family Relief Fund

The Illinois Military Family Relief Fund (IMFRF) provides grants to families of Illinois National Guard members and Illinois residents serving in U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Components who were called to active duty as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. These grants are intended to help service members and their families defray the costs of food, housing, utilities, medical services, etc.

Illinois Warrior Assistance Program

The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program (IWAP) provides confidential assistance for returning Illinois veterans as they transition back to daily life. IWAP is a free and confidential resource to help service members and their families deal with emotional issues.

Home Assistance

Illinois launched a pilot program, G-1 Loan for Heroes, to help veterans and active duty personnel afford homes by offering low interest mortgages and closing cost assistance.

Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home state in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the service member. In the State of Illinois an exemption from Illinois withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the U.S. Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Illinois. For more information visit