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.
More on Veterans & Armed Forces
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted in favor of H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015.
Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Dave Loebsack (IA-2) participated in an event at the Library of Congress where they presented video and audio records of 31 veterans from the Quad-Cities. The interviews were conducted by Quad-Cities PBS station WQPT.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) greeted veterans from the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
“It is always an honor to help welcome the brave veterans from back home to our nation’s capital,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I know I speak for everyone across our region when I say we owe the freedoms we enjoy today to their service. I'm committed to honoring our brave veterans as well as our active and reserve troops by making sure America always keeps her promises to them.”
Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos thanked working families from across the 17th Congressional District for being a part of her most productive district work period to date. In all, Rep. Bustos held over 40 official events, meetings and job fairs during the August Congressional recess which ran from July 31 - September 7th.