Veterans & Military Families

Our veterans and active duty military personnel deserve our utmost respect and the peace of mind that our country will uphold its commitment to caring for their families and physical and mental health, both before and after they hang up their uniforms.

Illinois’s Tenth Congressional District is home to more than 30,000 veterans, as well as Naval Station Great Lakes, where more than 50,000 Navy sailors receive training each year.

I am committed to fulfilling our country’s promises to our service members and veterans in recognition of their great sacrifices to protect our nation and our freedoms. Their distinguished service and dedication to protecting America’s future deserves to be honored with a full spectrum of support programs available both during and after their time in uniform.

The entire family shoulders the load of military service, so we must also work to support our military families while their husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters are deployed. And when our heroes return, we must understand that our responsibility to them does not stop at the end of active duty.  With the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we are better able to guide veterans to a path to success outside of the armed forces.  And through a full complement of support and medical programs, we must ensure that our wounded veterans get both the physical and mental health care they deserve.

I was proud to introduce the bipartisan GI Internship Program Act to create an option for veterans to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill funds for internship or apprenticeship programs. This win-win bill would help veterans find meaningful civilian employment as well as businesses seeking qualified candidates for open positions.

I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of veterans military families.