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

Nov 19, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted in favor of H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015.


Nov 18, 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.


Oct 27, 2015

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.”

Sep 9, 2015

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.

Jul 14, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her efforts to assist homeless veterans by voting for the Homes for Heroes Act, which passed the House on a bipartisan basis.
Jul 9, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her efforts to create jobs for our nation’s veterans by introducing the Jobs for Heroes Act, legislation that would not only reauthorize, but also expand and make permanent two currently expired federal business tax credits designed to spur veteran employment.
Jul 8, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted to allow veterans to receive official identification cards through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by supporting the bipartisan Veteran’s ID Card Act.
Jun 23, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced a $200,000 grant for Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois, Inc. in Peoria.
May 22, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she is seeking a Wounded Warrior Fellow to serve as a Veterans’ Advocate and Outreach Coordinator in her Rock Island Congressional Office.
May 21, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos introduced the Hero Street USA Commemorative Coin Act, legislation that would authorize the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue commemorative coins to honor the sacrifice and service of the Hero Street community in Silvis, Illinois.