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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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) returned tonight from a daylong, bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Members of the CODEL observed detention operations, received an intelligence overview and toured specific areas of the detention facility. The trip also included meetings with the commander and deputy commander of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and other personnel at the detention facility.
ndiana Representative Jackie Walorski is making an announcement - that she will help in the fixing Veterans Health Care Summit next Thursday in D.C.
She will report on how to deliver efficient and effective health care to veterans in the 21st Century.
Congresswoman Walorski released this statement saying:
President Obama signed a new bill into law that aims to lower veteran suicide rates. The law is named after Clay Hunt who served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. He committed suicide after battling PTSD. The new law requires a website to be made that caters to mental health services for veterans. Plus, it would promote better collaboration between the VA and other veterans groups. Mental health programs would also have to be examined and improved under the law.
President Obama signed a veteran’s suicide prevention bill into law on Thursday that is aimed at reducing the alarming rate of military suicide in the U.S.
According to the Veterans Administration, 22 veterans commit suicide each day; that’s one veteran every 65 minutes.
The bill was named after Clay Hunt, a Marine from Texas who committed suicide in 2011 after tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hunt struggled to get the Department of Veterans Affairs to upgrade his disability coverage.
Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski is applauding President Obama's signing of the Clay Hunt Act into law in Washington Thursday.
Walorski says the new law aims to address the issue of 22 military veterans who commit suicide each day. She says the act boosts access to mental healthcare services to vets through community-based centers and resources. Walorski says the act also provides access to services before veterans even leave the military and transition back into civilian life.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials on how the operation of a hotel laundry facility, a university baseball diamond, and a bird sanctuary achieved the goal of housing injured and homeless veterans, during the Oversight and Investigation’s Subcommittee hearing titled, “An Examination of Waste and Abuse Associated with VA’s Management of Land-Use Agreements”.
Department of Veterans Affairs officials Tuesday dispatched two executives who had been on the job for only a few days to explain to Congress how for years the agency suffered what one called an “extreme loss of income” by allowing others to use its land for unrelated purposes and failing to collect rent.
A congressional subcommittee on Tuesday ripped into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for issuing commercial leases on its sprawling West Los Angeles campus while thousands of homeless veterans slept in the streets.
"It's an atrocity," said Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.). "The vets are sleeping outside in the cold, while the VA has to correct many, many years of wrongs."