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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Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement honoring Indiana Adjutant General R. Martin Umbarger for his 45 years of service to the Indiana National Guard:
WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees, introduced legislation to rename a United States Post Office building in honor of Elkhart resident, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jesse Williams who was killed in the line of duty in 2013.
Washington D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today welcomed Hoosier veterans at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Hoosier World War II veterans from Northern Indiana made the trip to Washington as part of a Northeast Indiana Honor Flight Network trip. During the visit, Walorski thanked veterans for their service and sacrifice on behalf of their country. Today’s flight also carried Honor Flight Northeast Indiana’s (NEI) 1,000th veteran and was also the 400th national Honor Flight.
Lawmakers in both parties were incensed Thursday over allegations of widespread use of purchase cards at the Department of Veterans Affairs in violation of federal regulations and faulted high-level agency officials for failing to take long-standing complaints seriously.
They wake up, get dressed and say goodbye to their families before work just like many others. The only difference is when police officers put on the shield and walk out the door, they know there is a chance it really is goodbye.
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski wants the Department of Defense to support non-profit programs that give support for children of veterans that have mental disorders.
Representative Walorski sent out a statement that reads in part:
A Goshen veteran is counting his lucky stars after doctors told him several months ago he only had three weeks to live.
Thursday, former Marine Sgt. Erik Olson and his wife Erin sat down with NewsCenter 16 to talk about Erik's remission and their experience fighting "poor" healthcare at a local VA clinic.
It started in July 2014. Olson, now 30, went to the clinic complaining about groin pain. According to Olson, the doctor didn't run any tests and sent him off with a recommendation to do stretches at home.
The pain persisted. Olson's leg swelled.
MISHAWAKA, IN –Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) presented U.S. Navy veteran Maurice Mynsberge with nine military service awards at a ceremony in her Mishawaka District Office today, joined by St. Joseph County Veteran Service Officer Kevin Kelsheimer and Mishawaka's VFW Post 360 Commander Steve Vellner.
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.