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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

July 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today voted in support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021, which authorizes funding for the Department of Defense. Congressman LaHood successfully advocated in support of provisions to ensure the Air National Guard bases in Illinois’ 18th Congressional District can maintain their mission readiness.
June 23, 2020 Press Release
PEORIA, IL – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) held a meeting with his Veteran Advisory Board this Saturday to hear from Illinois veterans and discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on our veteran community. This was the tenth meeting that Congressman LaHood has held with his Veteran Advisory Board since being elected to Congress.
June 8, 2020 Press Release
PEORIA, IL— Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) announced today that eight remarkable young men and women he nominated to military service academies have accepted appointments to attend the United States Military Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Naval Academy.
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.