Health & Disability Advocates




Depending on the status of the service member or veteran, their families and children may be eligible for different military and/or civilian health and income support benefits. HDA ensures that families are also aware of non-military state and federal resources that will help them find the resources best suited to their needs.

We have created some fact sheets that compare and contrast military and civilian benefits programs.  Fact sheets appropriate for families and children of military or veterans include: 

Child Care Resources:   

Military Child Care Program: 

There are programs that will subsidize the cost of child care to families of active duty military families. Subsidy amount will be based on several factors including family size, income and cost of child care. All income levels may be eligible to receive a minimum of $100 per child per month for full time childcare while the spouse is working , going to school full time, or looking for work.
What happens when the service-member is no longer on active duty?
Illinois Child Care Assistance Program:
The State of Illinois also offers child care assistance to low income, working families.  The cost-share is based on family size and income.  Military families may continue to qualify for assistance through this program.
For more information, read our Child Care Fact Sheet.
Resources for Children with Disabilites:
Military and veteran families who have children with disabilities have access to numerous resources, both military and civilian, federal and state, to help ensure that their child has access to comprehensive health care and public education. These children have special needs that a range of programs can help meet from infancy to adulthood.
Special Assistance:
Education:  Children may need  extra assistance through early intervention and special education programs at school.
In Home Assistance:  Illinois has programs that provide assistance at home to medically fragile or technologically dependent children.
Cash Assistance:  Children from lower income families may qualify for disability benefits from Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI)
For more information please download our fact sheet
Health Insurance Options for Families: 
Illinois has several different health insurance or ‘Medicaid’ programs that can assist families including programs for children, parents, women with breast and cervical cancer and persons with disabilities. Download our fact sheet on health care options for families here.  
In some cases  families on TRICARE can get assistance to pay their TRICARE premiums or obtain additional coverage by accessing a state health insurance program. These interactions can  be complicated.  Read more about them here
Aging Parents:
Caring for aging parents can be a challenge for military families.  There are many resources available to help your parent stay healthy and independent in their home.
For information on options for aging parents of military personnel download this fact sheet .
For information on options if your aging parent is a veteran please download this fact sheet.  

Choosing a Nursing Home, Hospice or Home Care provider can be difficult. There are some wonderful resources that can make the process easier by giving families access to  comprehensive lists of locations and comparisons. We encourage families to utilize these resources to help them with these decisions: 

The Nursing Home Comparisons Tool provides detailed information about the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.  Go to and choose link at ‘Doctors and Facilities’ on the front left side of the webpage to get to the nursing home comparison tool.
The Home Care or Hospice Agency Locator contains a comprehensive database of more than 20,000 home care and hospice agencies. Use this resource to find all the agencies in any particular area of the country:
The Eldercare Community Assistance Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers: