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

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.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced bipartisan legislation to eliminate cost barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations for veterans in the House of Representatives. The No Coronavirus Copays for Veterans Act ensures that veterans who receive health care from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are not liable for out-of-pocket costs for qualifying coronavirus preventive services, like COVID-19 vaccines. The companion legislation, led in the Senate by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-

January 6, 2021 Press Release

The Caring for Our Women Veterans Act ensures women veterans receive quality health care from VA facilities 

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— This week, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) legislation to support veterans in STEM careers passed the House of Representatives. The Veterans in STEM Act (H.R. 6140) would expand STEM scholarships for clinical health training programs. The legislation passed as a part of H.R 7105, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act, which will now head to President Trump to be signed into law.  

November 11, 2020 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO—On Veterans Day, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) honored Illinois veterans by participating in the Interfaith Food Panty Veterans Day Pantry Distribution. The Interfaith Food Pantry in Aurora is one of the largest food pantries in northern Illinois and is dedicated to ending hunger in the community. During the event, Underwood joined community members to help distribute meals to Illinois veterans.