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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.

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource available to any Veteran, even if they are not enrolled in VA health care or registered with VA. Care does not end when the conversation is over. If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, the Veterans Crisis Line is standing by to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.

More on Veterans

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.
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. '