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.
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MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today hosted a jobs fair that drew more than 250 Hoosiers seeking 1,100 available jobs with 60 employers. The Veterans Jobs and Resource Fair, which was held at Bethel College, also featured 10 veterans service organizations.
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day:
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced she will host a Jobs and Veterans Resource Fair featuring more than 60 employers with 1,100 jobs available and 10 veterans service organizations on Thursday, June 2nd, at Bethel College in Mishawaka.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today greeted Hoosier veterans of World War II and the Korean War who are visiting Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.
“Hoosiers are the first to answer their nation’s call to serve, and these Hoosiers not only answered the call, they saved the world for democracy,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “It is a privilege to thank these heroes for their service and join them at their memorial to remember those who never made it home.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”