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. – During a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing earlier today, Rep.
MISHAWAKA — Veteran care facilities serving Elkhart and St. Joseph County veterans — like those around the country — have been criticized for being too slow or not having enough services. But state and local officials hope a new and improved Veterans Affairs clinic being built in Mishawaka will vastly improve care for local veterans.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Joseph County Health took place on Friday.
Officials from the Veterans Association Northern Indiana Care System joined elected officials to celebrate the beginning of a new health care facility that will serve veterans in the northwest Indiana counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Lake, Porter and La Porte.
Veterans who would have to travel two hours to receive care in Fort Wayne will soon have a facility closer to home.
MISHAWAKA -- Within a couple of weeks, contractors could begin the city's roughly $1 million job of making room for the new Department of Veterans Affairs clinic that will rise here on Trinity Place, Mayor Dave Wood said.
MISHAWAKA - It will soon be easier for local veterans to get access to better health care. Officials broke ground Friday afternoon on a new VA clinic in Mishawaka.
The new VA clinic in Mishawaka won't see its first patient for nearly three years, but just the fact that ground was broken on the facility today was a huge achievement for lawmakers and veterans.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today visited with local World War II veterans from South Bend, Elkhart, Goshen, Wakarusa, and Walkerton during an honor flight to Washington, D.C. During the visit, she also presented one veteran with an award for his service. Click here to view additional photos.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26), both members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced legislation to create standards for disabled veterans who rely on mobility products that help improve their quality of life.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced legislation to help provide more efficient care to veterans. H.R.3422, the VA Vendor Verification Act, would eliminate confusion and provide a defined framework regarding how medical vendors should operate in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs).
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, voted to support legislation to bring greater accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced this week’s honoree for her ‘Who’s Who in IN-02’ initiative. During a speech on the House floor, Walorski congratulated Danielle Green, a former Notre Dame basketball player and Iraq veteran who recently won the Pat Tillman award at the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) ceremony this month.