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

July 23, 2020 Press Release

Underwood’s ACE Veterans Act would expand veterans’ access to a full year’s supply of contraception

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Underwood's ACE Veterans Act would expand veterans’ access to a full year’s supply of contraception 

May 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) continued her work to improve mental health and suicide prevention services for veterans by urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to prioritize mental health and suicide prevention services for veterans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On March 22, the VA reported that calls to the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) have increased by 12%, and 20% of all calls are related to coronavirus.

May 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) legislation to reduce COVID-19-related health care costs for veterans passed the House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation would ensure that veterans who receive health care from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are not liable for out-of-pocket costs for preventive services related to the novel coronavirus, including an eventual vaccine.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

The second bipartisan bill that Underwood and Duckworth have introduced to lower health care costs for veterans and eliminate unfair copays faced by our nation’s heroes 

 

April 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, in the House Veterans Affairs Committee’s first virtual roundtable, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) continued her work to help veterans impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During the roundtable, which examined the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus on homeless veterans, Underwood pushed to learn steps smaller communities can take to help homeless veterans during this unprecedented time. In her questioning, Underwood highlighted the need for improved outreach to homeless veterans in small and rural communities across the United States.

February 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, in a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) questioned the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie on the VA’s priorities, and how it will work to improve the quality of care veterans receive following the department’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request. In her questioning, Underwood expressed concern that the VA’s budget request may not be sufficiently targeted to address ongoing gaps in care for women veterans.

January 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, in a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) pressed health officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on how Congress can help support their effort to end the veteran suicide crisis.
January 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) wrote the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Benefits Paul Lawrence requesting additional information on the level of training Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) contractors receive for suicide prevention. Currently, VA contracted examiners are required to complete a “general competency” training package within 180 days of joining the VA, including just one single module dedicated to suicide prevention.

January 21, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) invites residents and families in the 14th District of Illinois to participate in “Valentines for Vets,” an opportunity to send valentines to local veterans.