Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Representing the 2nd District of Indiana
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Veterans Issues

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.

More on Veterans Issues

Jul 16, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – This morning, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned Indiana University Health System President and CEO Daniel Evans, about the importance of leadership in a large, multi-billion dollar organization, during the committee’s hearing titled ‘An Evaluation of Private Sector Best Practices and the VA Health Care System’.

Jul 11, 2014 In The News

President Obama nominated West Point Graduate Robert McDonald as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Monday.  

"What especially makes Bob the right choice to lead the VA right now is his three decades of experience in building and managing one of the world's most recognized companies, Procter and Gamble," Obama says.  "The VA is not a business, but it is one of our largest departments, some 340,000 employees working in more than 1,700 facilities serving more than nine million veterans."

Jul 11, 2014 In The News

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski issued a statement Monday regarding the president’s plan to nominate former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to head the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs.

“(This) announcement is another step in the process of uncovering the rampant corruption that has plagued the VA for years,” Walorski, R-Jimtown, said. “As I said before, the leader of the VA should have outside experience and gravitas to end the deliberate destruction of patient records.”

Jul 11, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. -

The Republican-led House Veterans Affairs Committee is blasting VA officials over new allegations of a cover-up in veterans' care.

A whistleblower at the Phoenix VA hospital said officials covered up the true number of veterans who died while waiting for treatment.

The whistleblower says someone recently went into a computer system and changed the status of several deceased veterans to still alive, apparently to hide the fact they had passed away while waiting for care.

Jul 11, 2014 In The News

Whistleblowers from a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix say the records of dead veterans were altered to cover up how many died waiting to receive medical care.

“Deceased” notes on medical records were removed or changed to boost the facility’s statistics, Pauline DeWenter, a scheduler at the hospital, told CNN.

Jul 11, 2014 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -  I-Team 8 has exclusive new information into the investigation into VA medical facilities including those here in Indianapolis.

Jul 11, 2014 In The News

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R., Ind.) a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, says “this is the time when the FBI has to take the lead” on criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Jul 11, 2014 In The News

 — A bipartisan group of influential senators sent Attorney General Eric Holder a letter Tuesday urging him to launch a criminal investigation of data falsification to cover up long waiting times and other alleged problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals.

In a sign that lawmakers of all political stripes are closing ranks over the burgeoning scandal, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill allowing veterans to see private-sector doctors if they wait more than 30 days to obtain VA medical care.

Jul 11, 2014 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – WISH-TV has uncovered new information into the investigation into VA medical facilities including those in Indianapolis.