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
. 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.