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. 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. 

Learn more about the Veterans History Project here.

More on Veterans & Armed Forces

May 27, 2016

MOLINE, IL - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day:

May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON – Tonight, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted for the National Defense Authorization Act. This bill authorizes roughly $543 billion in base budget authority and $59 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund, equaling a total of $602 billion in discretionary funds. The base budget authority includes roughly $523.6 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, roughly $19.5 billion for the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy, and nearly $300 million for other defense-related activities.

Apr 28, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House Armed Services Committee early this morning includes bipartisan provisions of the Army Arsenal Revitalization Act and the Make It At Home Act authored by Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02). The provisions of these bills included in the committee-passed NDAA will help ensure the long-term success of the Rock Island Arsenal and the more than 6,000 hard working men and women who work on Arsenal Island.


Mar 18, 2016

ROCK ISLAND, IL – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin held a press conference outside of the Rock Island Arsenal to discuss Bustos’ recently introduced, bipartisan Army Arsenal Revitalization Act (AARA), which aims to increase the amount of business directed to Army arsenals, such as the Rock Island Arsenal. Senator Durbin has co-sponsored similar legislation in the Senate.

Mar 3, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced the bipartisan Army Arsenal Revitalization Act (AARA), which aims to increase the amount of business directed to Army arsenals, such as the Rock Island Arsenal.

Feb 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) recognized the anniversary of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. Earlier this week, she also voted in favor of the Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, an addition to current efforts which aims to identify mental health and suicide prevention programs that are the most effective and result in the best outcomes among at-risk women veterans.


Feb 11, 2016

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.


Jan 28, 2016

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.

Jan 28, 2016

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.

Jan 25, 2016

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.”