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Veterans Assistance Commission  

Veterans Assistance Help Is Free

The Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) of Lake County is available to assist veterans in filing claims with the Veterans Administration. The VAC has accredited veteran service officers available to file claims and represent the veteran before the Veterans Administration.

The VAC assists veterans with service and non service connected claims, aid and attendance, debt management issues, education and assistance with changing discharge status.


Saturday appointments are now available:
Veterans and their dependents now have another option for assistance with filing claims. Beginning March 1, The Veterans Assistance Commission will have Saturday hours at the Wauconda American Legion, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  This is your opportunity to meet with an accredited service officer, and all services are free. Please call the VAC for an appointment at 847.377.3344.


Various other organizations and individuals advertise services to veterans that the VAC provides at no charge. These other organizations and individuals charge for their services. Before contracting for the services of such organizations or individuals, veterans should contact and seek assistance from VAC.

The VAC of Lake County was established pursuant to Chapter 330, of The Military Veterans Assistance Act. The act allows the commission to promote the welfare of honorably discharged veterans of military service, and their families; to act as a central service office for all veteran organizations included as members of the commission, and to have general oversight of the distribution of emergency assistance to military veterans and their families.

For transportation to James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center for medical appointments only: Contact Mike Hiley at 224.610.4142.

VAC Service Officer (Mike Hiley) will be available Tuesday-Thursday, 8am to 12pm at James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center - Bldg 133 Rm 115.
Accredited by NACVSO and Certified by VA Counsel General
Toll Free to ESGR: 800.336.4590 
Contact Information
8am to 4pm
Closed 12 to 1 for lunch
20 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave
Waukegan, IL 60085
8am - Noon, Appointments Only
Call to make an appointment
Wauconda American Legion
Mike Peck
Service Officers
Maryann Kornau-Bandurski
Sherry Kruse
Mike Hiley

PHONE  847.377.3344
Board Members