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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Congressional neighbors work together to ensure fair treatment for veterans that have multiple amputations, other major injuries
New legislation named after Taylor Morris – a quadruple amputee war vet from Iowa injured in Afghanistan
Washington, D.C. – Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Bruce Braley (IA-01) today introduced the Taylor Morris Act in an effort to ensure that veterans who suffer multiple severe injuries while serving the United States in the line of duty are treated fairly upon their return home.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her fight to restore earned benefits to military retirees by voting to repeal the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) modification that was included in last December’s Bipartisan Budget Act. Last month, Bustos voted to restore benefits for disabled military retirees.