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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PERU, IN – In recognition of over 30 years of military service, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski awarded Colonel Gregg K. Hammond with the Legion of Merit at the Miami County Courthouse this afternoon, joined by Mayor Jim Walker, Veteran Service Officer Jay Kendall, and the Miami County Honor Guard. The Legion of Merit is awarded for outstanding distinguished conduct for exceptional achievements and service.
SOUTH BEND — South Bend Regional Airport is changing its name to South Bend International. Now it just needs some international flights.
Tom Botkin, airport authority board president, announced the change at a press conference Wednesday morning during which the airport unveiled its new logo.
GRANGER, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski today presented the mother and daughter of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams with one of the military’s highest honors, the Purple Heart award, for his honorable service, including assignments during his deployment to Afghanistan.
An Elkhart native, Williams was killed in the line of duty in December 2013, when he and his fellow soldiers were involved in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Williams was deployed three times, once to Iraq from 2007 to 2008, twice to Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011, and in July 2013.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Yesterday, as part of her efforts to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) participated in a House Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing entitled, “A Continued Assessment of Delays in VA Medical Care and Preventable Veteran Deaths.” Walorski, a member of the committee, heard heartbreaking testimony from Barry Coates, a terminally ill veteran, who spoke of the gross negligence and crippling backlog within the VA medical system.
Army veteran Barry Coates went to a clinic run by the Veterans Affairs Department in November 2010 suffering from severe abdominal pain. He said that more than a year later, after multiple requests for a colonoscopy, he finally received the procedure—only to discover he had stage-four cancer.
WASHINGTON — A House of Representatives committee blasted the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday over a lack of progress and accountability in the aftermath of at least 23 preventable veteran deaths that were the result of delays in treatment at VA medical centers across the country.
One of the centers to come under heat was the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C., where six patients died as a result of not receiving care they needed, according to a VA report.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski reiterated her call for more accountability in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in a press conference with House Speaker John Boehner.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) joined House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leaders at a press conference to discuss legislation bringing greater accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
Watch Walorski provide comments here or click on the image below.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) congratulated seven individuals from Northern Indiana who received service academy nominations from her office.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswomen Jackie Walorski (IN-02) testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Health regarding H.R.2974, a bill she authored with Annie Kuster (NH-02). This legislation, which has strong bipartisan support, makes victims of military sexual trauma (MST) eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiary travel benefits, which would ensure travel expenses are covered for veterans seeking treatment for MST through the VA.