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

Dec 18, 2015 In The News

A new law was introduced in Washington, D.C. following a FOX59 investigation.

Currently, VA facilities across the country are not required to report their prescribing practices to state-operated databases. Many states currently use a database to hold doctors and patients accountable.

Representative Jackie Wolorski (R-Ind), introduced H.R. 4297 to the house on Thursday. The bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disclose certain information to state controlled substance monitoring programs.

Dec 17, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 16, 2015)-- New legislation was filed Wednesday on Capitol Hill following a FOX59 investigation into the prescribing practices at the Marion Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), will speak on the house floor Thursday morning and introduce the bill. She is also a member of the Veteran Affairs Committee.

Dec 17, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of recent abuses by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in overprescribing medication to veterans, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, introduced legislation requiring all Veteran Administration Medical Centers (VAMCs) in Indiana and across the nation to participate in their respective state’s drug monitoring program.

Dec 8, 2015 In The News

A congresswoman is asking the Pentagon for information on how it addresses drug abuse in the ranks, saying the military should be a model for how the country deals with the issue.

“Our Armed Forces are not immune from the issues confronting our society, including drug abuse,” Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter dated Monday. “While drug abuse is significantly lower in the military, many of our service members and their dependents still struggle with addiction to prescription opioid pain medications.”

Dec 2, 2015 In The News

MARION, Ind. (Dec. 1, 2015)- For the second consecutive day, federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were on site at the VA hospital in Marion. The inspection is looking into the high number of powerful narcotics and opiates purchased by the hospital in recent years.

The Marion VA is the largest purchaser of highly addictive pain medications for any facility in the northern district of Indiana, according to court documents.

Oct 21, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – During a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing  earlier today, Rep.

Oct 5, 2015 In The News

MISHAWAKA -- Within a couple of weeks, contractors could begin the city's roughly $1 million job of making room for the new Department of Veterans Affairs clinic that will rise here on Trinity Place, Mayor Dave Wood said.

Oct 5, 2015 In The News

MISHAWAKA It will soon be easier for local veterans to get access to better health care. Officials broke ground Friday afternoon on a new VA clinic in Mishawaka.

The new VA clinic in Mishawaka won't see its first patient for nearly three years, but just the fact that ground was broken on the facility today was a huge achievement for lawmakers and veterans.

Oct 5, 2015 In The News

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Joseph County Health took place on Friday.

Officials from the Veterans Association Northern Indiana Care System joined elected officials to celebrate the beginning of a new health care facility that will serve veterans in the northwest Indiana counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Lake, Porter and La Porte.

Veterans who would have to travel two hours to receive care in Fort Wayne will soon have a facility closer to home.