Schilling discusses veteran healthcare in Peoria

By WEEK Producer

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Republican candidate for the 17th Congressional District, Bobby Schilling, was in Peoria Tuesday to express support for a new veteran healthcare act.

The Enhanced Veteran Healthcare Act, which passed the House unanimously last week, would allow disabled veterans or those needing treatment to receive healthcare from a local doctor without having to travel to a VA facility.

Former Congressman Bobby Schilling said he first pushed for similar legislation three years ago while still in office.

"This is a great day for the American veterans because now not only can they get the care they need and deserve, but it allows for future veterans to know -- 'Hey, America's here and we're going to take care of you,'” said Schilling.

Schilling is opposing current Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in the November election. Bustos won the seat from Schilling in 2012.

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