When asked by Dave Dahl of the Illinois Radio Network how he can outflank Quinn when it comes to appealling to veterans, Rauner answered, “My record on supporting veterans is strong and clear. I'm a big advocate for veterans. They made the ultimate sacrifice, and I – both in my personal life and when we become governor – I want to make sure that we do everything we can to support veterans and their families. They deserve our ultimate support.”
Rauner told the Legion convention he and his wife contribute to such organizations as the Navy SEALs Foundation and Honor Flight.