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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 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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