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 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that her legislation to address the veteran suicide crisis has been signed into law. The Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act (

October 19, 2020 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO—This weekend, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, honored five local veterans from the 14th District of Illinois at a Vietnam Veteran pinning ceremony. 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, or their surviving family members.

September 18, 2020 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO—Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) invites veterans from the 14th District of Illinois who served during the Vietnam War Period to be honored at an upcoming October Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony. 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 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) legislation to address the veteran suicide crisis advanced in the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The Lethal Means Safety Training Act (H.R. 8084) would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand its evidence-based lethal means safety training to VA staff and contractors who regularly interact with veterans.

August 25, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) continued her work to address the veteran suicide crisis with new legislation to require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide lethal means training to VA staff and contractors who regularly interact with 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