This weekend, North Central College established The Margaret Youel Award to honor my friend & fellow stroke survivor Maggie’s perseverance, tenacity and unwillingness to give up in the face of difficult circumstances. I was very fortunate to have this young fashionista at RIC to lift my spirits. Congratulations!

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I am calling on acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson to declare a state of emergency that would allow veterans to seek immediate private care, rather than suffer extended wait times for care at a VA facility. It is truly disgusting that our nation’s heroes, like Retired U.S. Army Private Michael Swan, were forced to wait for life-saving care while very senior executives collected bonuses for falsified wait times.
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I am calling on acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson to declare a state of emergency that would allow veterans to seek immediate private care, rather than suffer extended wait times for care at a VA facility. It is truly disgusting that our nation’s heroes, like Retired U.S. Army Private Michael Swan, were forced to wait for life-saving care while very senior executives collected bonuses for falsified wait times.

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The bipartisan Veterans Affairs bill passed today takes the necessary and important first step towards ensuring improved care for Illinois’ 700,000 veterans and ending a culture of corruption at the VA. I will continue to fight on behalf of our nation’s servicemen and women to ensure they receive the quality care they so rightfully deserve.
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The bipartisan Veterans Affairs bill passed today takes the necessary and important first step towards ensuring improved care for Illinois’ 700,000 veterans and ending a culture of corruption at the VA. I will continue to fight on behalf of our nation’s servicemen and women to ensure they receive the quality care they so rightfully deserve.

Read more in my latest blog post.

Illinois is home to more than 700,000 veterans, a number of whom already possess the life-saving skills and training required to be a firefighter, but who are forced to re-certify due to our state’s outdated reciprocity rules. I urge Governor Quinn to pass commonsense reform in the reciprocity requirements which would ensure that the men and women who already possess these skills are not subject to additional bureaucracy as they rejoin the workforce.
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Illinois is home to more than 700,000 veterans, a number of whom already possess the life-saving skills and training required to be a firefighter, but who are forced to re-certify due to our state’s outdated reciprocity rules. I urge Governor Quinn to pass commonsense reform in the reciprocity requirements which would ensure that the men and women who already possess these skills are not subject to additional bureaucracy as they rejoin the workforce.

More in my latest blog post.

Yesterday I had the privilege of joining associates and patients of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital for a celebration capping off National Stroke Awareness Month. It is because of facilities like Marianjoy and the survivors that the doctors there care for, that I remain committed to continue advocating for strong NIH research investments and access to rehabilitation for the benefit of all Americans.  Learn more about my visit.

Yesterday I had the privilege of joining associates and patients of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital for a celebration capping off National Stroke Awareness Month. It is because of facilities like Marianjoy and the survivors that the doctors there care for, that I remain committed to continue advocating for strong NIH research investments and access to rehabilitation for the benefit of all Americans.  Learn more about my visit.

Yesterday I had the honor to present a posthumous Bronze Star to the family of World War II veteran John W. Bock. While it’s tragic when an American Hero like John Bock can’t live to see his rightful award presented in-person, I am proud to be able to help his family get the closure they deserve and the recognition that PFC Bock deserves.
If you are a veteran and need help navigating government bureaucracy or have experienced issues at a Veterans Affairs hospital,  please contact my office.

Yesterday I had the honor to present a posthumous Bronze Star to the family of World War II veteran John W. Bock. While it’s tragic when an American Hero like John Bock can’t live to see his rightful award presented in-person, I am proud to be able to help his family get the closure they deserve and the recognition that PFC Bock deserves.

If you are a veteran and need help navigating government bureaucracy or have experienced issues at a Veterans Affairs hospital, please contact my office.

As a stroke survivor, I know better than most the value stroke research and rehabilitation plays in helping patients return to work and lead fulfilling lives. Since suffering a stroke, I have seen first-hand the disparity in rehabilitation and overall care for stroke survivors. Stroke is the leading cause of disability for adults in the United States and the 4th leading cause of death.

May is stroke awareness month. Learn more about my work on behalf of stroke survivors.