Congresswoman Cheri Bustos representing the 17th Congressional District of Illinois will be in Pekin on Friday. Congresswoman Bustos will be meeting with Tazewell County Veterans at the Tazewell County Veterans Assistance Commission at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to hear Veteran's concerns and provide an update on Veteran issues.
On Oct. 28, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL‐17) continued her fight to cut down on
the Veterans Affairs (VA) claims backlog by supporting a bipartisan bill (H.R. 2189) that would
establish within the VA a commission or task force to evaluate the backlog of veterans'
disability claims, to analyze possible improvements to the claims process and to submit to the
VA Secretary remedies and solutions for reducing the backlog.
“The brave veterans who put their lives on the line for us deserve nothing but the best
when they return home from overseas, and that is why action must be taken now to cut down
on the shamefully long VA claims wait times,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “The bill I
supported will help expedite VA claims to make sure our heroes get the care and treatment
they earned and deserve in the timeliest manner possible.”
Over the last six months, VA backlog claims have been reduced by over 30%, or 190,000
claims. However, there are still currently over 700,000 disability claims pending, with over
400,000 in the backlog.