Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky puts together a care package for U.S. Troops during project sponsored by USO

I believe that we have a solemn responsibility to those who have risked their lives in defense of the United States. These men and women deserve our respect and our support.

I support legislative initiatives to improve the care and benefits available to our veterans, and I am a leader in the fight against chained CPI which would reduce veterans’ benefits. I am committed to making sure that the Veterans Administration has the resources it needs to carry out its mission to effectively and efficiently care for our veterans and I have linked a series of resources below that I hope will ensure that veterans and their families in the 9th Congressional District can access the services they need and the most relevant information impacting them and their families.

If you have questions that are not answered by the content provided below, please do not hesitate to contact my office, and my staff will be happy to assist you.  If you have any suggestions about resources or information that you’d like to see included on this page, I would love to hear from you!

Resources for Veterans

Outside Resources

Legislation I Support that Impacts Veterans


  • H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, a bill that would prevent surviving spouses from losing the Survivor Pension Benefit annuity – the so-called “Widow’s Tax.”
  • H.R. 2094, CHAMPVA Children’s Protection Act, a bill that would increase the maximum age of eligibility from 23 to 26 for certain dependent children of veterans for medical care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA).
  • H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, a bill that would include Vietnam’s territorial seas for the purpose of presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans of certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam.
  • H.R. 1030, the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act, a bill that would ensure that if veterans have a spouse of the same-sex, they will be afforded the same benefits as heterosexual spouses.


More on Veterans

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released a statement highlighting significant victories for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District and other communities across America in H.R. 7617, the second fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, that just passed the House.

May 25, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement recognizing Memorial Day:

November 12, 2019 Press Release

"Today we come together to honor our nation’s 19 million veterans. I am so proud to represent over 24,000 of them. Our veterans answered the call from all walks of life and all corners of this globe, to serve and protect our great nation. Today and everyday we honor and appreciate them and all they gave to ensure the well-being and security of our country.

May 24, 2019 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – As we enter the Memorial Day weekend, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement:

“On this Memorial Day we remember and recognize the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country. We must honor those who have answered the call from all walks of life and all corners of this globe, to serve in the United States Armed Forces. We must never forget those who have died or were wounded, who are missing in action, were prisoners of war, those who are still overseas, and our veterans and military families at home.

November 11, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Schakowsky released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:

“Today we recognize veterans who served and those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. Veterans and their families have made great sacrifices to serve their country and all of us. We acknowledge and appreciate them today and every day of the year.