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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

Sep 28, 2012 Press Release
By unanimous consent, the House of Representatives today passed the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012 introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05).
Sep 20, 2012 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), John Carney (D-DE) introduced the Military CDL Act of 2012.
Sep 14, 2012 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) participated in the USA Warriors vs. Lawmakers charity ice-hockey game, which matched up disabled veterans against members of Congress and their staff.
Apr 27, 2012 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke out in support of President Barack Obama's Executive Order to end deceptive and misleading practices by educational institutions that target veterans, service members, and their families.
Feb 16, 2012 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Jackie Speier (CA-12) introduced the Military and Veterans Education Protection Act, legislation that discourages for-profit colleges from aggressively targeting service members and veterans using military education assistance programs.

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