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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

Jul 9, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued efforts to create jobs for our nation’s veterans by introducing the Jobs for Heroes Act, legislation that would not only reauthorize, but also expand and make permanent two currently expired federal business tax credits designed to spur veteran employment.
Jun 30, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05), the second ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, to tour Rags of Honor, a screen printing organization that has the mission of providing employment and services to homeless veterans.
Apr 21, 2014 Page

All of us who enjoy the benefits of living in this, the greatest of countries, must always remember that there is a reason the United States stands as a beacon of freedom throughout the world. We owe a special debt to all of you.

Mar 1, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) and a team of Chicago Blackhawks alumni and local celebrities faced off against the USA Warriors Standing Team in a hockey game.
Feb 18, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) worked alongside veterans operating a manual press producing military themed apparel at Rags of Honor as part of his Undercover Congressman series.