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, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement after the House offered bills to support veterans and reopen national parks and museums, despite a lapse in appropriations from the government shutdown:
“Today my office received a phone call from a veteran concerned about losing VA health services. A group of World War II veterans flew all the way to our nation’s capital on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial and found barricades. This is an unacceptable way to repay our nation’s war heroes.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswomen Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) recently introduced legislation that makes victims of military sexual trauma (MST) eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiary travel benefits. This bill, H.R. 2974, ensures travel expenses are covered for veterans seeking treatment from MST at appropriate VA facilities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, welcomed Hoosier Air Force Veteran Lisa Wilken to our nation’s capital to testify as a military sexual assault victim.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today greeted a group of veterans, including nine LaPorte veterans, at the World War II Memorial during a distinct flight to our nation’s capital. Honor Flight Chicago, founded in 2008, provides the opportunity for veterans from Illinois and Indiana to fly to Washington, D.C. and visit the World War II Memorial.
MISHAWAKA, IN – As part of a district-wide tour, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) met with County Veterans Service Officers (VSO) and local veterans across the Second District to listen to concerns and issues affecting the local veterans’ community.
By Erin Blasko, South Bend Tribune
MISHAWAKA -- U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski met with local veterans Thursday to discuss the claims backlog in the Department of Veterans Affairs and other issues affecting the estimated 53,318 former enlisted men and women in the 2nd District.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today greeted veterans arriving at Reagan National Airport on a distinct flight. Honor Flight Tri-State brought 71 World War II and Korean Veterans from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky to see the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice in our nation’s capital.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, no fan of a new tax on medical devices, now worries about the impact to military veterans.
She sent a letter this week to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki expressing her concerns and asking for more precise information on how the VA plans to deal with the rise in costs brought on by the 2.3 percent tax. The tax, included in the Affordable Care Act, the controversial overhaul of the U.S. health care system, went into effect Jan. 1.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the only member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) led a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supported by bipartisan members of Indiana’s delegation. The letter asks Secretary Shinseki to explain how the new tax will impact access to quality care for veterans who rely on medical devices.