Quigley Goes "Undercover" to Connect with Veterans
CHICAGO – Today, 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. The series connects Rep. Quigley with constituents at their place of employment to better understand the challenges they face in their jobs and daily lives. With over 2,000 homeless veterans just in Chicago, the mission of Rags of Honor is to offer these unemployed veterans advancement through a living wage and career skills.
“After proudly serving their country, the last thing our veterans should have to worry about is finding shelter or employment when their service to America has ended,” said Rep. Quigley. “Small businesses like Rags of Honor make a huge difference for our veterans in need, and I commend them for their continued commitment to our local community.”
Rep. Quigley prints the Rags of Honor logo on a shirt with the assistance of a veteran employee.
"We are honored to have Congressman Mike Quigley stand with the Rags of Honor team and help support our mission of getting veterans who proudly served their country, and did everything we asked of them, off the street, out of shelters and back on their feet as we help them rebuild their lives,” said Mark Doyle, founder of Rags of Honor.
Rep. Quigley places shirts on the automatic presser before starting the printing process.
Rep. Quigley is a stalwart supporter of veterans and recently voted to reinstate military cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) to provide veterans the full benefits they earned during their service. He sponsored the bipartisan Military CDL Act, which became law in 2012 and allows active duty military personnel to pursue new job opportunities immediately after leaving the service. In his capacity on the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Quigley supported $75 million towards the VA Supportive Housing Program, which provides homeless veterans with rental assistance. Locally, he is active with Chicago Honor Flight’s mission to bring World War II veterans from Illinois to the World War II Memorial to commemorate and celebrate their military service.
Rags of Honor sets out to make a difference by building a company that pays unemployed veterans a living wage, offers them training, benefits, advancement and skills they need to continue their life’s journey after serving our country in the U.S. military. Every item Rags of Honor sells is made in the U.S., screened, packed and shipped by a veteran.
Hi-res photos available upon request.