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

Apr 8, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the Veterans Jobs Caucus and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced that she joined with her Republican colleagues Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and Don Young (AK-AL) to introduce the Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act.
Apr 7, 2015
The Rock Island Arsenal’s Humvee ambulance production line will be extended another two years as a result of $60 million which U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) added to the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill, the two Members of Congress announced today during a visit to the Arsenal’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC).
Mar 24, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) heeded her call to expand veterans’ access to healthcare by modifying the calculation used to determine whether a veteran is eligible to receive care at a non-VA medical facility through the Veterans Choice Program.
Mar 4, 2015
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and a bipartisan coalition of 49 other Members of Congress urged Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to improve veterans’ access to medical care under the Veterans Choice program.
Feb 12, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her push to ensure the federal government purchases only U.S. flags made from 100 percent American-made materials by introducing the bipartisan All-American Flag Act.
Feb 11, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos invited the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert McDonald to Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to update local veterans on the VA’s efforts to reduce the backlog of compensation and disability claims and improve the healthcare they have earned and deserve.
Feb 3, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos met with Major General Kevin O’Connell, the Commander of Army Sustainment Command and the Rock Island Arsenal, to discuss their shared goal of strengthening the region’s economy, bolstering our nation’s military readiness and easing the harmful impact of sequestration.
Feb 3, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos applauded the Senate’s passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act, an effort to end the epidemic of Veteran suicide that passed the House last month and is now on its way to the President’s desk for his signature.
Jan 14, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos encouraged constituents across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to participate in the “Valentines for Veterans” program by dropping off a Valentine’s Day card for a veteran at her Rock Island, Rockford or Peoria offices.
Jan 12, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her work to cut down on the epidemic of veteran suicide by voting for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act.