Veterans

“Veterans and servicemembers sacrifice to ensure all Americans have a chance to thrive, and I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to serve them by improving their quality of life, economic opportunity, and health care through my work on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.”

Veterans and servicemembers honor our country with the highest form of service, and fighting to improve their lives is a top priority for Rep. Underwood. As a Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, she is focused on improving veterans’ health care, especially mental health services and women’s health services, as women are the fastest growing veteran population. She has introduced legislation, the Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act, to ensure that veterans who receive mental health care and suicide prevention services through the Veterans’ Health Administration are receiving high-quality, effective care. This legislation passed unanimously in May 2019.

If you are a veteran living in the 14th Congressional District and would like help accessing services or care, please call the Congresswoman’s Office at 630-549-2190. If you are a veteran who needs immediate assistance call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to talk to a mental health professional. 

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More on Veterans

June 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, in a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) continued her work to improve the quality of health care veterans receive at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities and to secure jobs with good wages for veterans.

May 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S.

May 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) bipartisan legislation to improve maternal health care for veterans passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

May 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) bipartisan legislation to improve maternal health care for veterans advanced in the House of Representatives. The Protecting Moms Who Served Act (H.R.

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chairs Julie Brownley (CA-26), Frank Mrvan (IN-01), Mike Levin (CA-49), and Chris Pappas (NH-01) reintroduced legislation to address the veteran suicide crisis.

April 16, 2021 Press Release

Bipartisan legislation supported by Veterans Service Organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, and Minority Veterans of America

March 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) advocated for the passage of her bipartisan legislation, the Protecting Moms Who Served Act, during a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health hearing.

March 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— In a letter sent Friday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) urged the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to permanently expand full practice authority to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) at Department of Veterans of Affairs (VA) Facilities. In 2016, the VA granted some Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the VA temporarily granted full practice authority to CRNAs. Underwood is calling on the VA to make this policy permanent, granting full practice a

February 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) supported the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the House of Representatives.

February 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) urged newly-confirmed U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough to prioritize improving the quality of care veterans and their families receive at the VA, specifically mental health and maternity care.