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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

Feb 3, 2014 In the News
"We formed the Congressional Hockey Caucus, to advance the game, and for me, principally, that means providing greater access to the sport for all kids."
Oct 2, 2013 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) welcomed 90 World War II veterans from Illinois to the World War II Memorial to commemorate and celebrate their military service.
Feb 18, 2013 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined a team of Chicago Blackhawks alumni and local celebrities to play an outdoor hockey game against the USA Warriors, a team comprised of injured and disabled Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
Nov 29, 2012 Speeches
"I rise today to highlight the exceptional work of an organization operating in my district called Pits for Patriots. This innovative program strives to save not just one life, but two. The Chicagoland organization currently trains rescued pit bulls to become service dogs for veterans in need. In addition to helping our countrys patriots, the program is committed to educating the public about the loyalty, devotion, and commitment of the pit bull breed," said Rep. Quigley. '
Oct 22, 2012 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) announced that the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012, which he introduced last month with Representatives Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and John Carney (D-DE), was signed into law by President Barack Obama.