The State of Illinois offers a one-time financial award of $100 for eligible veterans who served during wartime. The program applies to veterans who served during WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf War. It also applies to those who recieved the Global War on Terrorism Award (Operation Iraq Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn) for time served during the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.
All service members must have resided in Illinois for 12 months immediately prior to their enlistment, and have an honorable discharge. The information can be found at the Veteran Resources page of the State of Illinois here.
Though the $100 compensation seems small, it is a way for the State of Illinois to show appreciation for our veterans who served during periods of conflict. This compensation is in addition to the other benefits and programs that are available for Illinois veterans from the state. I have written about the burial benefits here, and also the Illinois Veteran Grant here, that pays for up to a bachelors degree at any Illinois public education institution. These are advantages that every Illinois veteran should take advantage of.