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Quigley Statement on Caregivers and Veterans Health Act

May 5, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Obama signed S. 1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, which improves care for women veterans and provides unprecedented support for veteran caregivers.

"All too often we see families and friends altering their lives to care for those who have served our country and then return home wounded or disabled. This is an effort that begins to address the needs of not only those who serve, but their families as well. We can never fully repay our veterans and their families for their service and the personal sacrifices they continue to make, but this bill will ensure that disabled veterans and their families have the resources, both technical and financial, needed to provide care to our heroes who need it, deserve it, and have courageously earned it."

Quigley has been a staunch supporter of returning soldiers in his first term in Congress, introducing a bill to prevent veterans from going into debt in order to pay tuition while waiting for their GI Bill education benefits to come through. He also voted to extend the first-time homebuyer credit for members of the armed services who served abroad and honored the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Illinois National Guard with a resolution.