Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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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.  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. 

Learn more about the Veterans History Project here.

More on Veterans & Armed Forces

Sep 11, 2014
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has announced she is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominations to the United States armed services academies for the class entering in fall 2015.
Aug 29, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominations to the United States armed services academies for the class entering in the fall of 2015.
Aug 29, 2014

DIXON – When Ashley DeArmitt left the Navy in 2012, she was nervous about transitioning into the real world.

"When I first wanted to get into the nursing program, I didn't know anything about benefits or anything," said DeArmitt, a second-year student at Sauk Valley Community College.

DeArmitt, 25, spent 4 years in the Navy as a quartermaster.

When she found out about the veteran services program at Sauk, she said her mind was put at ease.

Aug 11, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the award of new grants that will help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in Rock Island, Henry, Mercer and Peoria Counties.
Aug 7, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement after the President signed into law bipartisan legislation to make needed reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that will help ensure our veterans get the care they have earned and deserve.
Jul 29, 2014
During her 18 months in office, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has been a strong advocate for the veterans that call Illinois’ 17th Congressional District home.
Jul 25, 2014
As lawmakers get ready for an August vacation. Local Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is saying "thanks but no thanks"
Jul 25, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos led a group of 116 lawmakers in calling on Congress to stay in session, and forego the August district work period, until the passage of compromise legislation to help our nation’s veterans get access to the timely and quality healthcare they have earned and deserve.
Jul 22, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos supported bipartisan legislation to make it easier and more comfortable for aging Honor Flight veterans, many of whom are seniors and suffering from physical ailments, to travel to and from Washington, D.C. to see the monuments built in their honor.
Jul 14, 2014
Today, following her recent roundtable with veterans in Fulton County earlier this month, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her efforts to improve care for our nation’s veterans by supporting the Helping Veterans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals Act.

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