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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Veterans

As Americans, we all owe a special debt of gratitude to our nation’s veterans. More importantly, we have a responsibility to protect and support them when they return from defending our freedoms abroad.
 
Every veteran deserves quality healthcare, access to education, housing and employment. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve fought to increase funding for veteran mental health services, suicide prevention, and medical and prosthetic research. I’m also a proud cosponsor of the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act and the Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act, both of which aim to improve veterans access to meaningful work and education, improving the quality of life for millions of military families. It’s been an honor to share the ice with the USA Warriors, a team comprised of injured and disabled Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who play hockey as part of their rehabilitation efforts. Additionally, it’s one of my greatest privileges to greet Chicago area veterans traveling to Washington, DC several times a year as part of the Honor Flight program. And, as a stalwart champion for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, I continue to engage with the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to create a more inclusive military for women and LGBT service members and veterans. 
 
President Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” As your representative in Congress, I take these words to heart and strive to better serve all those who have served America. 
 

Rep. Mike Quigley introduced the Military and Veterans Education Protection Act, which would protect veterans from predatory for-profit colleges.

Rep. Mike Quigley helped introduce the Jobs for Heroes Act, which would reinstate tax credits designed to spur veteran employment.

Rep. Mike Quigley visits Chicago’s Rags of Honor to hear how the local business is helping employ homeless veterans.

 

More on Veterans

Jul 26, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released a statement on President Trump’s decision to ban transgender Americans from enlisting or openly serving in the military.
Nov 23, 2016 In the News
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) has been a fierce champion of LGBTQ rights on Capitol Hill. Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus and founding member of the Transgender Equality Taskforce created last year, Quigley has led the charge on issues ranging from lifting Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) prohibitions on gay and bisexual men donating blood to marriage equality and transgender rights.
Nov 17, 2016 Editorials
November 14 marked Congress’s first day back in session following an extended recess period and the end of a divisive campaign season, culminating in an election night that many of my constituents and colleagues — myself included — found surprising.
Sep 29, 2016 Editorials
Currently, the VA provides many services for transgender veterans, including hormone therapy, mental health care, preoperative evaluation, and long-term care following gender-confirmation surgery, but gender-confirmation surgery itself is noticeably missing from the list.
Sep 14, 2016 In the News
In a letter to Secretary Robert McDonald, Members of Congress urged the Veterans Administration to repeal an outdated and unlawful regulation that bans all transition-related surgeries for transgender veterans. While the VA has taken some important steps to improve health care for transgender veterans in recent years, the complete ban on surgical care violates the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition on gender-based discrimination. The VA announced in June it was considering changing the ban, acknowledging it flies in the face of current medical science, but has not yet formally started the process of repealing it.

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