Representative Lauren Underwood

Representing the 14th District of Illinois

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 23, 2019 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced she will host a pinning ceremony to honor veterans from the 14th District of Illinois who served during the Vietnam War Period. In 2008, the National Defense Authorization Act established the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, highlight their service, and pay tribute to their contributions. The pinning ceremony is part of an ongoing national effort to honor all Vietnam War period veterans who served from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975.

September 12, 2019 Press Release

The ACE Veterans Act expands veterans’ access to contraceptives, includes an option for full-year supply

The Post-9/11 Veteran Suicide Prevention Counseling Act would improve suicide prevention for post-9/11 veterans

August 7, 2019 Press Release

Legislation would ensure veterans who choose to breastfeed would be offered comprehensive lactation support, counseling, and breastfeeding equipment without cost sharing like most civilians

July 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced the Caring for Women Veterans Act (H.R. 3636) to ensure women veterans receive quality health care from VA facilities. The bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report to Congress on gender-specific care available at VA facilities, which will provide an informed and sustainable roadmap to providing high quality, accessible care for women veterans.

May 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON–Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) helped pass H.R.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Ahead of Memorial Day, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) bipartisan legislation to ensure high-quality mental health and suicide prevention care for veterans has passed the U.S House of Representatives unanimously. The Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act would ensure both the VA and outside providers are offering veterans high-quality mental health and suicide prevention services.