Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Representing the 2nd District of Indiana
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Veterans Issues

As a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I am honored and privileged to represent over 50,000 veterans in Indiana’s Second District. For every Hoosier veteran, and every veteran in this country, I am grateful for their selfless response to the call to serve our country.  As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, I understand the sacrifices veterans and their families make. This is why sitting on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee is so important to me.

While in Congress I have worked with my colleagues on a number of initiatives to provide veterans with better access to the services and benefits they have earned. I am proud to have cosponsored the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013, H.R. 569, which provides a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to VA beneficiaries at the same rate as the Social Security COLA for 2014. I am also proud to have cosponsored the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013, H.R. 357, which requires that as a condition of approval for GI Bill education benefits, any public institution in a state must give all veterans in-state tuition rates.

In addition to cosponsoring legislation, I have also drafted a number of letters addressing significant issues affecting veterans. I sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs asking how the medical device tax will impact the VA and what plans the VA has in the future for ensuring veterans will continue to receive quality medical devices.  I also joined my colleagues on a number of occasions in sending a letter to the President and Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs asking for greater collaboration between the agencies and a commitment to ending the backlog.

More on Veterans Issues

May 23, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today applauded the unanimous passage of her legislation to protect veterans from scheduling manipulations at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. On the same day VA Secretary Robert McDonald compared veterans’ wait times to lines at Disneyland, the House passed Walorski’s bill, H.R.

May 18, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee today passed two bills introduced by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) to improve the quality and safety of mobility products used by disabled veterans and to protect veterans from scheduling manipulations at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. The committee unanimously approved an amended version of H.R. 3471, the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, as well as H.R. 4977, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, which now head to the House floor for consideration.

May 17, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, three members of Indiana’s Congressional delegation were appointed to a special conference committee comprised of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that will negotiate the final details of comprehensive legislation to curb opioid and heroin abuse.

May 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to combat the nation’s prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic. An amended version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 524, which takes steps to address the growing problem of addiction and overdose, passed the House by a vote of 400 to 5.

May 10, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today applauded passage of legislation to prevent the overprescription of opioids to veterans that often leads to prescription drug abuse. Congresswoman Walorski’s provision, which would require all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities to participate in their respective state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), was included in H.R. 4063, the Jason Simcakoski Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Scientific Expertise (PROMISE) Act, which passed the House unanimously.

May 5, 2016 Press Release

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today presented Marine veteran and lifelong Hoosier Steve Denman with the Purple Heart and other medals he earned but never received for his service in the Vietnam War.

“We owe our freedom to Hoosiers like Steve, who served his country with bravery,” said Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “For Steve to finally get the medals he earned is a way to thank him for his service and honor all our veterans.”

Apr 18, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – As part of the ongoing investigation into the wait time scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, introduced legislation to increase accountability in the VA’s scheduling practices.

Mar 1, 2016 In The News

The House Veterans Affairs Committee approved a provision authored by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) on Thursday that would require Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities to participate in drug monitoring programs.

Language authored by Walorski was added to an amended version of the committee-approved Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Scientific Expertise (PROMISE) Act, H.R. 4063.

Feb 25, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed Rep. Jackie Walorski’s (IN-02), language requiring all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities in Indiana and across the nation to participate in their respective state’s drug monitoring program.