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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Earlier today, Rep. Walorski appeared on Fox & Friends to comment on a recent report that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misled the American public about how many veterans died or suffered serious harm as a result of extreme treatment delays.
“It's outrageous that we ask our best and brightest to go fight for our freedom and liberty and they come home and the government turns its back on them. This cannot continue,” said Walorski. “The VA has lied to the American people again.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials during a hearing on veteran’s homelessness regarding a report released last week that found a hotline established to help homeless veterans missed thousands of opportunities to provide assistance.
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to reduce the number of veterans and troops who commit suicide, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today supported legislation she co-sponsored to increase access and improve the quality of mental health care administered to veterans.
A Department of Veterans Affairs hotline established to help homeless veterans missed thousands of opportunities to help at-risk vets last year, the agency’s inspector general said.
The VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, launched in mid-2012, didn’t consistently ensure that veterans who called the hotline received access to support services, according to findings released Wednesday.
Congress is out of town in preparation for the November elections, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers’ scrutiny of the Veterans Affairs operations in Washington, D.C.
The department continues to take near daily criticism from elected officials and outside advocates over access and accountability issues. As re-election campaigns heat up, many are giving a national platform to local VA headaches, and promising changes throughout the system.