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Veterans and Military Program

Our Mission: To provide support services for Veterans, Active duty, Reserve, National Guard service members and their immediate family members, by helping them transition into higher education.

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Resources for Veterans and Military-Connected Students

National Louis University is committed to serving the needs of our veteran and military-connected students. Explore the specialized resources below to help find the support and information you need to successfully transition into higher education. 

The organizations listed below are suggested resources.

Career Resources [+]


NLU Career Bridge

  • Ensure students are PREPARED to obtain great opportunities through the development of career preparation strategies throughout the institution.
  • CONNECT students to hands-on learning experiences that will grow their knowledge, skills and marketability.
  • BUILD top connections with employer partners to ultimately launch graduates into in-demand, degree-requiring positions, and to promote the upward mobility of our graduates.


Corporate America Supports You (CASY) brings military and veteran job seekers together with employers who are looking to hire. Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) provides training to increase job placement and career development for military spouses and family members.

Hire Our Heroes

Hire our Heroes provides transition assistance, job search/placement services particularly for veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, with specific resources for wounded or disabled veterans.


Thresholds offers a range of internship opportunities for students pursuing a degree in Social Work, Clinical, or Counseling Psychology programs, particularly at the graduate level. Their programs provide opportunities for students to gain experience in case management, therapy, outreach work, group psychotherapy, residential treatment, supported employment, and substance abuse.

Troops To Teachers

Troops to Teachers provides counseling and referral services for participants to help them meet education and licensing requirements to teach and subsequently helps them secure a teaching position.

The Office of Personnel Management in support of the President’s Veterans Employment Initiative, created a one-stop web site resource for Federal veteran employment information. The information on this site is designed to ensure veterans, transitioning service members, and their families receive accurate and consistent information regarding veteran’s employment in the Federal Government.

Financial Resources [+]

Allen Lynch Foundation
The Foundation's mission is to "remove road blocks" that might impede or stop the veteran from becoming a contributing and happy member of society.  The AJ Lynch Foundation was formed to provide onetime funding(grants not loans) to veterans and their families in order to assist in their recovery from financial hardships. 

Illinois Joining Forces (IJF)

Illinois Joining Forces serves as a statewide public-private partnership that promotes the efficient delivery of Growth and Wellness initiatives for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families at the community level throughout the State of Illinois.

NLU Military Scholarship

All military-affiliated students will recieve the NLU Military Scholarship once the application is completed.

My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)

The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.  

National Military Family Association

NMFA can help fund education, career, or business goals for military spouses.  NMFA awards an average of $500 for career funding and $1000 for degrees. Up to $2500 is available for clinical supervision towards licensure in the mental health profession. Spouses are also eligible for funding, typically $1000, to build their own businesses.

Legal Resources [+]

American Bar Association
Veterans face a wide array of legal issues created by their unique circumstances. The ABA provides a list of resources designed to provide attorneys and veterans with assistance related to challenges in obtaining medical care, disability benefits, reemployment rights, consumer, housing, criminal and family law matters, and in obtaining legal counsel.

John Marshall Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC)
The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC) works on all aspects of Veteran Benefits Administration claims, from the initial, factual intake to the technical representation of claims at the appellate level.

Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN)

Provide top civil legal needs for veterans and families that fall into the broad categories of housing, family, and consumer law issues. In addition, veterans often need assistance with VA benefits and appeals and discharge upgrades.

Free Legal Clinic

Get free legal advice about:  VA disability benefits, veterans pension, discharge upgrades, consumer law, housing law, family law, SSI/Public benfits, healthcare law, and other non-criminal legal issuess for all low-income veterans, current and former military service members.  We provide services every THIRD THURSDAY of the month from 12:00 -4:00pm.

            Location:  CRRC Center

                             1141 S. California

                             Chicago, Il

            Phone:     312-347-8340 (Leave a message to make an appointment)

                            Walk-ins are welcome!

Mental Health Resources [+]


Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives.

Road Home Program

The Road Home program provides confidential mental health services for veterans and their families, regardless of ability to pay.

VITAL Program Dr. Holly Passi

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Initiative. 

We strive to enhance academic retention and success through:

  • On-campus clinical care and coordination

  • Improving understanding of Veterans’ unique strengths and challenges through education and training

  • Collaborating with your local VA Medical Center, Veterans Benefits Administration, campus faculty and staff, and community resources. 

NLU Wellness Programs

Skylight  Counseling Center (NLU)

Up to 6 free sessions with a licensed counselor.  Located on the 14th floor at 122 S. Michigan Ave.

312-261-3636 or 847-947-5656.


Let's Talk Counseling Drop In Centers 

Meet with a NLU Counseling graduate student free.  No appointment necessary.  Mondays and Thursday; 3:00-6:00pm Room 4021B.


Physical Health Resources [+]

Jesse Brown VA Hospital

Mission Continues

Hines Hospital

Team Red White and Blue

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.



Spiritual Resources [+]

Military Outreach USA

Military Outreach USA is a 501(c)3 not for profit which exists to encourage, engage, educate and equip individuals, houses of worship and organizations throughout the nation to provide a supporting role to our military community. This community is comprised of our military (active duty, guard, and reserves), veterans, and their families who are impacted by the visible and invisible wounds of military service.

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

The primary mission of Chaplain Services is to provide for the religious/spiritual care of veteran patients and outpatients and the spiritual support of their families and significant others. 

Additional Resources [+]

National Military Family Association

Through the support and programs we provide, and our respected voice on Capitol Hill and with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, our Association always looks out for the families who stand behind the uniform and for those who serve.  NMFA also provides information and assistance in deployments, adoptions, marriage/divorce, children education, and more.

Volunteers of America

The program provides Veterans with the support, resources and hope they need to successfully win "the war at home" and achieve their full potential in all areas of their life. The True North Project for Veterans reaches out to Veterans wherever they are in their journey towards healing & stability and offers a full continuum of supportive services and interventions that are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of each Veteran.

The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact.  Our programs in cities across the country deploy veteran volunteers alongside nonprofit partners and community leaders to improve educational resources, increase access to parks and green spaces, foster neighborhood identity, and more.

Illinois Joining Forces
Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a network of public and not-for-profit organizations working together to improve services to Illinois’ military and veteran communities by offering a compilation of resources ranging from legal to disability benefits to financial literacy.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to support military officers and their families at every stage of life. MOAA plays an active role with Congress on behalf of the military community on issues that affect the career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services. They also offer a range of personal and financial services exclusive to MOAA membership.



    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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