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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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald today toured the South Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and met with veterans.
Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, invited Secretary McDonald to visit Indiana’s 2nd District during a hearing earlier this year. Walorski and McDonald toured the clinic, held a roundtable discussion with local VA leadership and stakeholders, and greeted Hoosier veterans.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today joined House Speaker Paul D. Ryan at an enrollment ceremony marking the passage of S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The bipartisan, comprehensive legislation now is on its way to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to address the nationwide opioid epidemic and protect veterans from overprescription of powerful opiates.
“Dozens of Americans die each day from opioid overdoses, and this has to stop,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “There is a long battle ahead of us. A lot of damage has already been done. But this bill represents an important step forward as we seek to stop overprescription and end opioid addiction in our country.”
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MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) this week joined U.S. Reps. John K. Delaney (MD-06), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) in introducing legislation to protect veterans’ credit ratings and prevent unnecessary financial hardship due to delayed payments associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program.
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.