About the Chicago Office of Veterans Affairs

The Chicago Office of Veterans’ Affairs carries out Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s commitment to providing more targeted services to support our military veterans and active-duty service personnel and to connecting veterans to programs and services offered by different levels of government and City partners. Announced in February of 2013, the Office leads efforts across the city to increase support and awareness on behalf of Chicago’s veteran residents.

Letter from the Office of Veterans Affairs

Thank you for visiting the Chicago Office of Veterans' Affairs website and learning more about our mission. For all who have served or are currently serving as active duty, Reserves, or National Guard, I am honored to serve as Director of the Chicago Office of Veterans' Affairs under the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In this capacity I will work closely with the Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs, whose members are appointed by the Mayor and the City Council to further our support for Chicago’s veteran community.

Since assuming Directors duties in November 2015, the Mayor has directed me to initiate outreach efforts across the City, foster partnerships and increase collaboration, and identify necessary actions that will achieve the greatest positive impact for Chicago veterans and their loved ones. To do that, we must establish a new strategy with a robust plan to address the growing needs of our veterans’ community. I will work toward that and expand on existing partnerships, improve collaboration, and continued to grow Chicago’s leadership on service to veterans.

The Chicago Office of Veterans' Affairs will also assume an important role to ensure that Chicago’s veterans and their families are connected to quality public and private services and opportunities. We will advance efforts to improve capacity for assisting veteran entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as identifying ways to connect them to programs that improve quality of life for our residents.

Finally, the Chicago Office of Veterans’ Affairs will ensure that for returning veterans and their families, Chicago is a welcoming City with a supportive community where they can grow, build careers, live, serve and thrive.


Victor J. LaGroon
Chicago Office of Veterans Affairs
City of Chicago
US Army Veteran

About Victor J. LaGroon


Victor LaGroon, a veteran himself, joins the City of Chicago to continue his passion for serving United State veterans after over a decade of working diligently with national and local partnerships to help frame, advance and shape the discussion on veteran’s advocacy.

His military career began in 2003 with his enlistment. After completing his Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Huachuca in Military Intelligence, he was assigned to the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum. During his years in the U.S. ARMY, Victor had the privilege to serve honorably as a soldier, Junior NCO and Team Leader. Since being medically discharged he has worked diligently to serve and advocate for the health needs, benefits and resources of military personnel, veterans and their families.

While he fought for the needs of Veterans, he also developed strategies for academic institutions, to ensure that the most vulnerable populations have access to timely health care services. In his most recent role at the University of Illinois at Chicago he served as a legislative liaison for the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Health affairs as well as the Director of Engagement and Strategic Partners for the Director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center.

As Director of the Chicago Office of Veterans Affairs, Victor’s primary role is to identify, establish and manage strategic partnerships and resources with delegate agencies for veterans in the City of Chicago. This includes developing community, county and state level partners to enrich access to quality supportive services as well as developing strategies to improve the resources for veterans, military personnel and their families.

Victor serves as Chairman of Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs for the City of Chicago and as a Board Member for the American Heart Association, IDVA Illinois Joining Forces Foundation and the National Veterans art Museum.

Victor is also active in mentoring veterans to create and strengthen the next generation of future leaders and social entrepreneurs.

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Contact Victor LaGroon at 312-743-0300 or Veterans@cityofchicago.org

Visit the City of Chicago’s Veteran’s Resource Office at
2102 W. Ogden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

We are also able to provide veterans with information on available benefits and support services at our six Community Service Centers.


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2102 W. Ogden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612