Our men and women in uniform deserve our strong, unqualified support. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have put unprecedented demands on our troops, many of whom are now participating in or preparing for their third or even fourth deployments. These men and women are willing to answer their nation's call, but doing so can put significant strain on them, their families, and their finances. I will continue to work for the best protection for our troops that our nation can provide, as well as reasonable rest periods between deployments and benefits for the loved ones they leave behind when they put their lives in danger for our country overseas.
Those who have previously served in uniform deserve our deepest gratitude. Beyond gratitude, we, as a nation, have made a promise to our veterans that needs to be kept. While we can never fully repay our veterans for their sacrifices, we must express our appreciation of their service and remain firm in our commitment to their health and well-being.
SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS
Proposed and led the successful fight for an increase in combat pay and the family separation allowance for the deployed men and women serving in our Armed Forces.
SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS
Strengthened VA and DOD services for veterans suffering Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including $180 million in the fiscal year 2007 supplemental funding bill for TBI and PTSD treatment, staffing, screening, and research.
|6/22/11||Durbin Statement on Plan to Begin Drawdown of US Forces in Afghanistan|
|6/21/11||Durbin Votes to Confirm Leon Panetta as New Secretary of Defense|
|6/21/11||Durbin, Kirk, Shimkus, Johnson, Schock, Schilling Ask Air Force to Explore Flying Missions for the 183rd Fighter Wing|
|6/16/11||Durbin Statement on Congressional Responsibility in Matters of War|
|6/9/11||Illinois / Iowa Delegation Sends Letter to the President on the Assistant Secretary at the Office for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology|
|6/7/11||Army Secretary to Illinois / Iowa Delegation: No Proposal to Close JMTC at This Time|
|6/7/11||Durbin Discusses Rock Island Arsenal with Secretary of Defense Nominee|
|5/31/11||Durbin Statement on Rock Island Arsenal's Future Following Call with Army Secretary McHugh|
|5/29/11||Durbin Urges Eligible Veterans to Apply for Caregiver Benefits|
|5/27/11||Illinois / Iowa Delegation Seeks Substantive Answers from Army on Arsenal|