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.
|1/27/10||Durbin Will Host Illinois Soldier for Today's State of the Union|
|12/19/09||Durbin: Congress Approves $45.4 Million in Defense Funding for Projects in Illinois|
|12/15/09||Durbin, Illinois Delegation: Progress at Marion But Challenges Remain|
|12/14/09||Durbin: Congress Approves Legislation Designed to Attract Medical Professionals to Rural VA Hospitalss|
|12/10/09||Durbin, Illinois Delegation to Meet with VA Secretary on Tuesday|
|12/1/09||Durbin Statement Following President's Address Outlining Strategy in Afghanistan|
|11/18/09||Durbin Legislation Designed to Attract Medical Professionals to Rural VA Hospitals Approved by Senate|
|11/17/09||Durbin: Senate Approves More Than $82 Million for Military Construction Projects in Illinois|
|11/17/09||Durbin Legislation to Officially Name Lovell Federal Health Care Center Approved by Senate|
|11/9/09||Following Meeting with the VA Inspector General, Durbin Offers Amendment Designed to Attract Medical Professionals to Rural VA Hospitals|