Defense and National Security
Because of our military personnel and their families, the United States has the most capable and best trained fighting force in the world. I am honored to serve on the House Armed Services Committee where I am able to exercise congressional oversight on the Pentagon, and ensure that our men and women in uniform have the resources they need and receive the benefits they have earned.
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WASHINGTON D.C. - Yesterday, as part of her efforts to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) participated in a House Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing entitled, “A Continued Assessment of Delays in VA Medical Care and Preventable Veteran Deaths.” Walorski, a member of the committee, heard heartbreaking testimony from Barry Coates, a terminally ill veteran, who spoke of the gross negligence and crippling backlog within the VA medical system.
Army veteran Barry Coates went to a clinic run by the Veterans Affairs Department in November 2010 suffering from severe abdominal pain. He said that more than a year later, after multiple requests for a colonoscopy, he finally received the procedure—only to discover he had stage-four cancer.
WASHINGTON — A House of Representatives committee blasted the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday over a lack of progress and accountability in the aftermath of at least 23 preventable veteran deaths that were the result of delays in treatment at VA medical centers across the country.
One of the centers to come under heat was the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C., where six patients died as a result of not receiving care they needed, according to a VA report.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski reiterated her call for more accountability in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in a press conference with House Speaker John Boehner.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) joined House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leaders at a press conference to discuss legislation bringing greater accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
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MISHAWAKA, IN – Earlier today President Obama signed bipartisan provisions into law, authored by Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, to extend whistleblower protections to military sexual assault victims as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after House passage of H.J. Res. 91, the Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today released the following statement regarding the ongoing situation in Syria:
“With reports confirming the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria, I share the grave concern and heartache echoed by the American people and the international community.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the president’s call for a congressional vote to authorize military action in Syria:
“The American people deserve the opportunity to have their voices heard in Congress regarding the situation in Syria, and I respect the President’s decision to seek a congressional vote concerning future military action.
MISHAWAKA, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) recently returned from Israel where she gained firsthand understanding of some of our nation’s most pressing foreign policy challenges. During the trip, Walorski met with senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders and learned more about the U.S.-Israel relationship, Israel’s security situation, and current political and economic trends in the region.