Walorski Supports Legislation to Help Reduce Rate of Female Veteran Suicides

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Supported Package of VA Legislation to Combat Female Suicide Rate, Enhance Career-Readiness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today supported several pieces of legislation to help improve veterans overall quality of life.

“Our veterans are owed a tremendous amount of gratitude and deserve the quality healthcare and benefits they’ve rightfully earned. Today, I supported several measures that will provide more resources to combat our veteran suicide rate among females, ensure veterans are career-ready and prepared for the workforce, and guarantee taxpayer money is spent wisely on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) construction projects. Today is an important step forward in caring for our bravest men and women who protect and defend our freedoms.”

The measures included:

  • HR 3106, the Construction Reform Act of 2015, provides additional reforms to how the VA manages large medical facility construction projects to ensure they are completed on time and on budget.
  • HR 3016, the Veterans Employment, Education, and Healthcare Improvement Act, would extend the length of time for which newborn babies of veterans are eligible for VA care and give spouses of deceased troops additional time and flexibility to use GI Bill benefits.
  • HR 2360, the Career-Ready Student Veterans Act of 2015, improves the VA’s approval process for education and training programs that veterans are permitted to use with the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • HR 677, the American Heroes COLA Act of 2015, provides for an automatic annual increase in rates of veterans’ benefits and improves the speedy processing of benefits claims and appeals.
  • HR 3234, the Failing VA Medical Center Recovery Act, determines on a semiannual basis whether VA medical centers are satisfactory or underperforming based on key health metrics the VA must make publicly available.
  • HR 2915, the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act, directs the VA to identify mental health care and suicide prevention programs that are the most effective and have the highest success rates among female veterans.

The measures all passed the House and now head to the Senate for further consideration.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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