October 09, 2019

Duckworth Tours University of Illinois Chez Veterans Center, Highlights Veterans Legislation


[URBANA, IL] – Combat Veteran U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today toured the University of Illinois’s Chez Veterans Center, which provides support services for military-connected students. Duckworth met with College for Applied Health Services Dean Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell and Chez Veterans Center Interim Director and College of Applied Health Science Associate Dean Reggie Alston, as well as other Chez Center officials and students. Photos from today’s event are available here.

“Having a dedicated space for Veterans, servicemembers and other military-connected students on campus is so important, and I’m proud the University of Illinois Chez Center is supporting these students,” Duckworth said. “I’ll keep doing what I can to make sure the Chez Center and our Veterans and servicemembers have the resources they need to successfully transition back into civilian life.”

As a U.S. combat Veteran, Duckworth has made supporting Veterans and servicemembers one of her top priorities in the Senate. Duckworth has helped expand the post-9/11 GI Bill, ensuring more Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, surviving spouses and their children would be covered. Earlier this year, Duckworth also helped introduce the GI Education Benefits Fairness Act, legislation that would extend the post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to foster children and legal wards. She also introduced the Veteran Employment and Child Care Access Act to help improve access to child care services for Veterans participating in workforce and job training programs offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor.

The Chez Veterans Center provides residential and non-residential support services to military-connected students through educational innovations, research breakthroughs and a dedicated staff of counselors and specialists. The Chez Veterans Center opened in 2015.