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

October 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced new legislation to support student veterans who are at risk of being academically penalized due to their ongoing military service. Currently, if a service member is assigned to a period of active service or inactive-duty training, they could face grade reductions, failing grades, and even financial penalties if they are forced to withdraw from classes to serve our country. Modeled after successful legislation in Illinois, the Protections for Student Veterans Act (H.R. 5603) will e

October 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced new legislation to address the health care professional shortage within the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bipartisan VA Nurse and Physician Assistant RAISE Act would increase the pay limitation on nurse and physician assistant salaries to help the VA attract and retain top health care talent to ensure veterans receive timely, high-quality care. The legislation is co-led by Representative David P.

October 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) bipartisan legislation to improve maternal health care for veterans passed the Senate on October 7th with bipartisan support. The Senate version of the legislation is led by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). The Protecting Moms Who Served Act seeks to eliminate maternal mortality, morbidity, and disparities among veterans. The Protecting Moms Who Served Act is a part of the Black Maternal Hea

September 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON  – Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) advocated for the implementation of her legislation, the Lethal Means Safety Training Act, during a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing  on veteran suicide prevention. The Lethal Means Safety Training Act would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand its evidence-based lethal means safety training to all VA employees regularly interacting with veterans, as well as community care providers and family caregivers. During the hearing, Underwood questioned Dr.

September 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Unlawful Turn-aways Act to address the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) systemic denials of health care and services to veterans with general or other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.

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.