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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 educationhousing 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. 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.

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. Quigley enjoys meeting Illinois veterans during regular Honor Flight events in Washington.


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


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


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

More on Veterans

Nov 10, 2016 E-Newsletters
I want to take this time to thank our nation’s heroes for their courage and commitment, which have preserved the ideals of democracy, liberty, opportunity and justice for all, upon which our great country was built.
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.
Sep 13, 2016 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice-Chair of the Equality Caucus and founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, led a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald to urge the VA to move swiftly to ensure access to medically necessary surgical care for transgender veterans.
Nov 5, 2015 Press Release
Quigley, Speier, Takano, Jones, and 18 original co-sponsors introduced the Military and Veterans education Protection Act, which would close the “90/10 loophole” that encourages for-profit colleges to aggressively recruit, and in many cases defraud veterans receiving benefits under the GI bill.

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