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
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced legislation to help provide more efficient care to veterans. H.R.3422, the VA Vendor Verification Act, would eliminate confusion and provide a defined framework regarding how medical vendors should operate in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs).
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, voted to support legislation to bring greater accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced this week’s honoree for her ‘Who’s Who in IN-02’ initiative. During a speech on the House floor, Walorski congratulated Danielle Green, a former Notre Dame basketball player and Iraq veteran who recently won the Pat Tillman award at the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) ceremony this month.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Along with fellow committee members, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN 02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, paid her respects and placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery. Monday marked the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.
The “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” refers to a single grave in which the unidentifiable remains of a soldier are interred as a dedication to their services and to the common memories of all soldiers killed in any war.
Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 7:10 am
MISHAWAKA — The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved construction of a new, state-of-the-art outpatient center near Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, officials announced Wednesday.
The 71,000-square-foot clinic will replace the existing, 18,000-square-foot facility on Western Avenue in downtown South Bend.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Walorski (IN-02) and other members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee heard testimony from the Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Robert McDonald, regarding the pending $2.5 billion VA budget shortfall and looming system shutdown.
Posted on Jul 20, 2015