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

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 announced that she has nominated nine Illinois students for admission to the United States Service Academies for the class entering in the fall of 2015.
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.
Dec 19, 2014

SUBJ: Bustos Continues Fighting for the Right Priorities during Second Year in Office
DATE: December 19th, 2014

Dec 18, 2014

GALESBURG — Plans for a grand re-opening are in place for the Galesburg VA Outpatient Clinic after federal lawmakers approved changing the name of the facility to honor the late Congressman Lane Evans.

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East. Moline, said she spoke with the VA after President Barack Obama signed her legislation to rename the facility after Evans. She plans to have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility in the near future to celebrate the name change.

Dec 17, 2014
Today, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk announced that the President signed into law bipartisan legislation that will name the veterans facility in Galesburg, Illinois the “Lane A. Evans VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic.”
Dec 8, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that the House of Representatives unanimously passed her bill to rename the veterans facility in Galesburg, Illinois the “Lane A. Evans VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic.”
Dec 4, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos fought for the Rock Island Arsenal, our troops, military families and to address the growing sexual assault crisis in the military by supporting the bipartisan FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Dec 4, 2014
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk announced that the Senate unanimously approved legislation that would name a veterans facility in Galesburg, Illinois the “Lane A. Evans VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic.”
Dec 3, 2014
Today, two veterans employment tax credits championed by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in her fight to put American veterans back to work passed the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.