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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

January 8, 2020 Press Release
PEORIA, IL— Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) announced today his nomination of 17 remarkable young men and women to be considered for admittance into the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.
December 13, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth sent a letter to the United States Air Force Secretary in support of the 182nd Airlift Wing at the Peoria International Airport in Peoria, Illinois for the current Air National Guard C-130J Recapitalization.
December 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today voted in favor of the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020. The bill, which funds the Department of Defense, passed the House with a vote of 377-48.
June 28, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18), along with other members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, today sent a letter to the National Guard urging for a flying mission for the 183rd Wing of the Illinois Air National Guard in Springfield.
April 26, 2019 In The News
A community gathered to dedicate a building in honor of a fallen solider. The post office in Uptown Normal now has the name of Sergeant Joshua Rodgers on it. Rodgers was killed in action on April 27th 2017 during a raid on ISIS headquarters in Afghanistan The Bloomington native was 22 years old.
April 26, 2019 In The News
NORMAL - U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers gave the ultimate sacrifice two years ago this weekend in Afghanistan.  On Thursday the community of Normal came together to honor his name. "Josh Rodgers is a hero here in Bloomington Normal and to have a ceremony today to honor his service, his sacrifice, is really what today's all about," said Congressman Darin Lahood (R) Illinois.
April 26, 2019 In The News
NORMAL — Normal's "hidden hero" is hidden no more — and will stay in hearts and minds for generations to come. Nearly two years after he was killed during a successful raid on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan, Normal native Sgt. Josh Rodgers lives on through the Normal Post Office that now bears his name.
February 15, 2019 In The News
On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood sat down with local veterans, asking them what they need on a national level. It's for the 8th annual veteran advisory board meeting. "They've sacrificed for us so now we have to go to Washington D.C. and make sure they're getting the resources,” said LaHood.
January 11, 2019 Press Release
PEORIA, IL— Congressman Darin LaHood announced today 20 nomination of remarkable young men and women to be considered for admittance into the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S.
December 22, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night President Trump signed into law legislation introduced by Congressman Darin LaHood to rename a Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, U.S. post office in honor of U.S. Army Sergeant Joshua Rodgers. The bill, H.R. 4326, was unanimously passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate and will rename the U.S.