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.

More on Veterans & Armed Forces

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.
Jul 3, 2014
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said Thursday that the care provided at the city’s Veteran’s Administration outpatient clinic is superb, unlike the widespread examples of patient neglect and mismanagement that have plagued VA hospitals nationwide.
Jul 1, 2014
In light of VA problems nationally, Congresswoman makes surprise visit
Jun 27, 2014
Rep. Cheri Bustos is sponsoring a bill to intended to make it easier for individuals with disabilities to fill up their cars at gas stations.
Jun 21, 2014
Our nation’s veterans deserve nothing but the very best.
Jun 20, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustoscontinued her fight on behalf of our brave men and women in uniform by supporting the 2015 Defense Department Appropriations Act, which helps fund the U.S. Department of Defense.
Jun 18, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her work to ensure all veterans get the care they deserve and earned by voting to move bipartisan veterans’ health care legislation one step closer to the President’s desk for his signature.
Jun 11, 2014
We awoke one morning in Kabul to the sound of not-too-distant explosions, marking the start to the fighting season.

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