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.

More on Veterans & Armed Forces

Apr 22, 2014
PEORIA — Amid cutbacks to the national defense budget, area lawmakers are pressing to equip the 182nd Airlift Wing with the newest version of the venerable C-130 Hercules.
Apr 11, 2014
Our nation’s wounded warriors deserve our support when they return home from the battlefield. Due to advances in medical technology, more and more service members are surviving severe and catastrophic injuries.
Apr 9, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she has joined the new bipartisan Veterans Congressional Fellowship Caucus in order to boost the number of veterans working on Capitol Hill.
Mar 28, 2014
Today, continuing her push to put veterans back to work, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos urged the Senate Finance Committee to include two tax credits for businesses that prioritize hiring veterans in upcoming tax-credit extender legislation.
Mar 13, 2014
A bill sponsored by two area lawmakers would remove a $100,000 cap on compensation for life-changing injuries sustained by soldiers in combat.
Mar 13, 2014

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.

Feb 20, 2014
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos yesterday conducted her second interview for the Veterans History Project, by interviewing Nora Leman, a 90 year old nurse from Peoria who served in the Philippines during World War II.
Feb 11, 2014

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.  

Feb 5, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Bustos encouraged constituents across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to participate in the “Valentines for Veterans” program by dropping off a Valentine’s Day greeting for a veteran at one of her three Illinois offices.