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.
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PEORIA — With Veterans Day approaching, local organizations gathered Wednesday for a discussion with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos about veterans issues.
The stop in Peoria, held in conjunction with her Standing Up for Our Veterans Tour, allowed Bustos to hear from area experts on the current state of veterans conditions from the Peoria portion of her congressional district. The East Moline Democrat wanted a snapshot of veterans in Peoria, and heard some common themes from her previous discussions around her district.
ROCKFORD - With just a week until Veterans Day, stateline veterans discuss how to improve the lives of those who have served.
Representative Cheri Bustos joined a roundtable of local veterans speaking specifically about homelessness among veterans. It's part of Bustos' "Standing Up for Veterans" campaign.
She says it's vital that those who have fought for our freedom get the treatment and opportunities they deserve when returning home.
Bustos says cutting down the backlog of VA claims is many of the veterans' biggest concern.