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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Veterans

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

Jul 5, 2011 Press Release
On June 29, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) presented several medals to World War II naval veteran Albert Kreitzer of Schiller Park, Illinois.
Feb 17, 2011 Press Release
Mike fights for veterans' healthcare rights.
Feb 8, 2011 Press Release
Mike has been active in the district this past week delivering valentines to veterans and pizza to hungry constituents!
Dec 22, 2010 Press Release
"The Presidents signature signals a great victory for equality, civil rights, and our national security."
Nov 15, 2010 E-Newsletters
Let us renew our promise to veterans by pledging to honor them through word and action every day.

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