Veterans & Armed Forces
Keeping Our Promises to Our Veterans and Supporting Our Armed Forces
In order to best secure our national interests and promote the safety and security of the American people, as well as our friends in the international community, it is vitally important that we ensure our armed forces remain the best-trained and best-equipped in the world.
A strong military is in the interest of the nation as a whole, as well as our region. The Rock Island Arsenal in the Quad-Cities, the Air National Guard unit based outside Peoria, and major aerospace companies in Rockford employ many thousands across our district. I will work to ensure our vital military assets are enhanced and protected to meet the challenges of the future.
Veterans and service members have bravely served their country, at a real sacrifice to themselves and their families. They deserve to be provided with the best possible care and help as they return from battlefields overseas. I support fully funding veterans’ health care benefits and to provide state-of-the-art care for traumatic brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I will work to make sure the Veterans Administration system is easy to navigate and provides veterans with the needed benefits they earned and deserve. I am committed to holding the VA accountable for the quality and timeliness of care they provide to our brave veterans. To that end, you may view the latest data on patient access and wait times at VA Health Clinics and Hospitals HERE.
In addition, I support providing returning service members with job training, college opportunities, and financial planning in order to help those transitioning back into our communities and the workforce.
Veterans History Project
I believe we owe an enormous debt to our men and women in uniform. A great way to show our gratitude is to encourage them to share their memories and experiences. This is why my office is participating in the Veterans History Project (VHP). The VHP allows veterans and their families to record their stories and preserve them for future generations. These recordings are entered into the permanent collection in the Library of Congress, where they will serve as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices these men and women made defending our country.
More on Veterans & Armed Forces
WASHINGTON – Today, at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup of the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced and passed an amendment to ensure that veterans receive hiring preference for work on airport improvement projects.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’m very excited to announce my third annual “Valentines for Veterans” program.
Last year, we collected hundreds of valentines from students, seniors and families all across our community to deliver to area veterans.
This year, I think we can do even more - so I'm asking you to take a moment to participate by making a card for a veteran, and either dropping it off or mailing to any of my offices in Rock Island, Peoria, or Rockford.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she has nominated seven Illinois students for admission to the United States Service Academies for the class entering in the fall of 2016. Each year, Bustos has the honor of nominating qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District for attendance at four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.
ROCK ISLAND, IL – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) encouraged constituents across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to participate in the “Valentines for Veterans” program by dropping off or mailing a Valentine’s Day card for a veteran at her Rock Island, Rockford or Peoria offices. The deadline for submitting cards is Wednesday, February 10th, and Bustos will then distribute these Valentine’s Day cards to local veterans. This is the third year in a row that Bustos has organized “Valentine’s for Veterans.”
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) offered the following statement after President Obama’s final State of the Union Address:
Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined a bipartisan majority in voting for the federal Omnibus funding bill. This legislation, which funds the Federal Government through September 2016, makes significant investments in workforce training, Head Start, community health centers, infrastructure, national security, veterans and Justice Department programs to combat the scourge of heroin addiction.
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted in favor of H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015.
Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Dave Loebsack (IA-2) participated in an event at the Library of Congress where they presented video and audio records of 31 veterans from the Quad-Cities. The interviews were conducted by Quad-Cities PBS station WQPT.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) greeted veterans from the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
“It is always an honor to help welcome the brave veterans from back home to our nation’s capital,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I know I speak for everyone across our region when I say we owe the freedoms we enjoy today to their service. I'm committed to honoring our brave veterans as well as our active and reserve troops by making sure America always keeps her promises to them.”
Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos thanked working families from across the 17th Congressional District for being a part of her most productive district work period to date. In all, Rep. Bustos held over 40 official events, meetings and job fairs during the August Congressional recess which ran from July 31 - September 7th.