VFW Department of Illinois Service Office - "Honor the Dead by Helping the Living"
State Service Officer and Office Director, Barry F. Walter
A US Army Vietnam veteran Barry has been a member of the VFW since October 1967. He served on active duty from July 1966 to February 1974.  He served in Vietnam from August 1967 to July 1971 with the 4th Infantry Division in a variety of field and headquarters assignments for three years and one year with IFFV as an artillery advisor and liaison. 

As a member of the VFW Barry has served as Commander of Post 4005, Corunna, MI 1975-76 and 1980-81, earning All State Honors. He also served as Shiawassee County Council Commander 1981-82 and Michigan District 9 Commander 2005-06.  

He has also served as District VOD and Patriot Pen Chairman for 33 years, Department VOD Chairman for 9 years, Department Membership Chairman, Department All State Chairman, Editor of the Department newspaper for 5 years, Department Chief of Staff and Department Adjutant/Quartermaster for 3 years. He also served as appointee to the State of Michigan Vietnam Veteran Memorial Committee, was a member of the State of Michigan Agent Orange Study Committee and served on the Clinton County Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Board. 

Nationally Barry has served as Chairman of the By-Laws and Resolutions Advisory Committee 2001-02 and as a member of the Committee for 6 years, member of the Commander-in-Chief’s By-Laws Study Committee for 3 years, Subcommittee Chairman of the National Hospital Committee, and Subcommittee Chairman of the National Veterans Resolutions Committee for 3 years.  

Barry was employed by the Department of Michigan Service Office as an Assistant State Service Officer from 1981 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2001. He served as Department Adj/Qm from 1995 to 1998. He was employed at the VFW National Home for Children as the Public Relations Director from 2001 to 2007.  

He belongs to VFW Post 5220, Oak Lawn, IL and is a Life Member of the DAV, MOPH and VietNow and is a member of the American Legion and VVA. 

He is married to Pam. They have two sons and three granddaughters. They presently live in Hyde Park, Il.   

The VFW Department Service Office is co-located with the VA Regional Office in Chicago. The VFW Service Office works together with field offices of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, County Veterans Assistance Commissions throughout the State and VFW Post Service Officers to provide assistance and advice to veterans and their families.

 Services provided by the VFW Service Office are available to all veterans, their dependents and survivors without regard to organization membership status or era of service.  Services are provided at no cost.
The VFW Service Office is funded by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and receives no federal funding other than the provision of office space.  All employees of the VFW Service Office are employees of the Department of Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars, a non profit 501 C19 veterans organization.  All Assistant State Service Officers are members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

2122 West Taylor St
Room 105
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone:  312-980-4284
Fax:  312-706-6680
Email: barry.walter@va.gov

Office Hours
Monday thru Friday
Telephone hours
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Walk-in interview hours:
Monday thru Thursday:
9:00 am to 11:30 am
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Closed to walk-in interviews
Appointments possible

Barry Walter, Director
US Army, Vietnam

Vera Moore, Assistant State Service Officer
USMC, Iraq

Jacob Crawford, Assistant State Service Officer
US Navy, Persian Gulf
Derek Giffin, Assistant State Service Officer
US Army, Iraq

Ellen Cozzi, Claims Consultant

Gabriela Salgado, Receptionist

Field Offices

Lovell Federal Medical Facility (call the Chicago office to verify)
Each Wednesday
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Bldg 133
Room 116D
Phone: 224-610-4142

Hines VA Medical Center (call the Chicago office to verify)
Each Tuesday
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Bldg 1
Room D109
Phone: 708-202-2562

Curtis Hodge, Assistant State Service Officer
US Army, Iraq
Marion VA Medical Center
Monday, Wednesday - Friday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Room 103
Phone: 618-997-5311 ext 58230

O'Fallon VFW Post 805
223 W. 1st  St.
O'Fallon,  IL   62269
Call the Marion VAMC office to schedule appointment or walk in
1st and 3rd Tuesdays
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Randolph County VFW Post 2698, Sparta
1911 N. Market St
Sparta, IL  62286
Phone 618-443-5851
Last Tuesday of each month
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Neal Boyd, Assistant State Service Officer
US Army, Iraq
Illiana Health Care System, Danville VAMC
Bldg 98,  Room  1012
1900 E. Main St
Danville,  IL    61832
Phone:  217-554-4502
FAX:  217-554-4361
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Springfield VFW Post 755
2211 Old Jacksonville Rd
Springfield,  IL   62704
Each Wednesday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


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