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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Military and Veterans

We can never fully repay our veterans and their families for their incredible sacrifice. However, we can and should ensure that those who put their life on the line for our country receive the care they deserve. It is unacceptable to allow our VA facilities to provide negligent and insufficient services for our retired heroes—years of back log, sub-par care, and lethargic response rates have unfortunately characterized the treatment of our veterans throughout the United States in recent years, not to mention the fraud and abuse that was discovered in VA facilities. While progress is being made to address this issue, more work is still to be done. 

In Congress, I will fight for reforms that bring transparency, accountability, and efficiency to the VA. I have established a Veterans Advisory Board, a district-wide public and private coalition that will identify, collaborate, and promote available resources and services, thus creating efficient access and delivery of these programs to the SMVFs (Service Members, Veterans, and their Families) of the 18th Congressional District. Our veterans should receive top quality treatment from the country they sacrificed everything to defend. 

More on Military and Veterans

September 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve the conference report for the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for 2019. This legislation included $9 million, previously authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 182nd Airlift Wing’s firehouse project.
May 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives authorized funding for the 182nd Airlift Wing’s fire house project after Congressman Darin LaHood successfully worked to have it included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA authorizes the spending needed to strengthen our military and national defense.
March 25, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 3109, legislation introduced by Congressman Darin LaHood to rename the Chillicothe, Illinois U.S. post office in honor of U.S. Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens. The bill was co-sponsored by the entire Illinois congressional delegation.
November 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Legislation introduced by Congressman Darin LaHood to rename the Chillicothe, Illinois, U.S. post office in honor of U.S. Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives today with unanimous approval. The bill, H.R. 3109, is co-sponsored by the entire Illinois congressional delegation.
November 13, 2017 Video
Congressman Darin LaHood announced the commencement of the Veterans History Project for Illinois’ 18th Congressional District. The project is a way to collect and preserve memories, stories, interviews, and memorabilia of the United States veterans from WWII to the present.
November 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Darin LaHood introduced H.R. 4326 to the U.S. House of Representatives, which would officially rename the U.S. Post Office located at 1211 Towanda Avenue in Bloomington, Illinois after fallen U.S. Army Ranger and Bloomington native Sergeant Joshua Rodgers. On April 27, 2017, U.S. Army Sergeant Joshua P.
October 24, 2017 Video
Rep. Darin LaHood presented Anthony Smith with a Purple Heart during a ceremony in Warsaw on October 17, 2017. Anthony served in the 1st Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War, and was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor. Even though he was awarded the Purple Heart as well, he did not receive a physical medal until this ceremony.