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Veterans

As Americans, we 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.

If you are a veteran seeking help with your VA benefits, please contact my office to open a case.

From reliable services at VA medical centers to easily accessible mental health care, we owe our veterans access to quality, affordable healthcare. 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 have also supported increased funding for VA homeless assistance programs like the HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program, which provides rental assistance to help homeless veterans secure safe and reliable housing while providing clinical services to help these veterans get back on their feet.

Rep. Mike Quigley poses with the USA Warriors hockey team after a match.
Rep. Mike Quigley has more than once shared 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.

As a stalwart champion for our LGBTQ servicemembers, I continue to engage with the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to create a more inclusive military for women, gay and lesbian, and trans service members and veterans. As President Trump has targeted transgender service members, I have spoken out against his harmful rhetoric and attempts to block these heroes from serving the country that they love. We must also always ensure that transgender veterans are getting the care and respect they’ve earned through their service.

Rep. Quigley greets a veteran in a wheelchair during an honor flight visit.
Rep. Quigley takes the time to greet Chicago area veterans traveling to Washington, DC several times a year as part of the Honor Flight program.

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.

More on Veterans

Nov 11, 2020 E-Newsletters

Each year, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year, we pause as a nation to honor all those who have served in our armed forces.

I so wish that we could all be together today. In any other year, we would be celebrating our veterans at parades and festivals and thanking veterans in person. This year, we honor our veterans – and particularly our elderly veterans – by staying home instead.

Nov 9, 2018 E-Newsletters
This week, the American people made it very clear that they want a House of Representatives committed to American values and government accountability.
Nov 10, 2017 E-Newsletters
In advance of tomorrow’s holiday, I want to take this time to thank our heroic veterans for their courage and commitment, which have helped preserve the ideals of democracy, liberty, opportunity, and justice for all, upon which our great country was built.
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.

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