Veterans' Assistance Commission (VAC)


157 North Main Street, Suite 115
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1963
(618) 296-4554

Mission Statement:

The Veterans’ Assistance Commission (VAC) provides needed services exclusively to Honorably Discharged Military Veterans and their families who reside in Madison County, IL. The VAC works closely with all Veterans’ Service Organizations (VSOs), as well as Local, State, and Federal agencies, to ensure the rights to which each Veteran is entitled are preserved and granted. Services include Interim and/or Emergency Veterans' Financial Assistance, Administrative Case Work and Advocacy-Related Services, Outreach and Events

The VAC provides services for approximately 21,500 Madison County, IL Veterans.


Staff Members:

Bradley Lavite - Superintendent

Jeffrey Sherwood - Administrative Assistant
Indira James - Veterans Service Officer - I (Benefit Specialist)
Rosa Flores - Veterans Service Officer - I (Benefit Specialist)
Torie Ryan - Veterans Service Officer - I (Benefit Specialist)

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Except Federal Holidays)

Contact Us:

If you are or know of a local Veteran, Veteran Family, Unremarried Widow of a Veteran or Adult Disabled Children of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 in need of assistance or services, please contact the Veterans' Assistance Commission (VAC) at 618-296-4554 or via email at or on Facebook at @mcveterans

Any Veterans in Active Crisis or in need of immediate Medical Attention should call 911, go to the nearest Emergency Room and/or call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text to 838255.