Walorski Visits Wabash County to Discuss Veterans Issues with State Senator Jim Banks, Local Vets

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wabash, IN – As part of her ‘Hoosier Veterans Tour’, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) stopped in downtown Wabash today to discuss collaboration on veterans issues between local, state and federal levels.

“Our Hoosier soldiers are amongst the best and brightest men and women in the Armed Forces. They have made our state proud for decades by answering the call to serve and in some cases making the ultimate sacrifice,” said Walorski. “Today was an opportunity to speak with Senator Banks, who is serving in the U.S. Navy, and other local vets to make sure our veterans who come back from service and re-enter civilian life have access to quality healthcare, education assistance and job opportunities in order to have the best quality of life.”

Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a conferee on the House and Senate VA Conference Committee, met with U.S. Navy Reserve Officer and State Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), Wabash County Veteran Service Officer Cameron Lochner, and local vets at the local Modoc’s Market in downtown Wabash.

“This is an opportunity for local, state and federal officials to collaborate on vital issues facing veterans in our community,” Banks said. “Veteran matters are important to me, and I welcome any new ideas that I can bring to my colleagues in the General Assembly. I want to thank Congresswoman Walorski for arranging this meeting. By working together, we can better support our veterans and their transition back to civilian life.”

Walorski visited Wabash during her district tour in recognition of the 54,000 veterans who live in the 2nd Congressional District. Over the course of the past month, Walorski has visited VA facilities that provide care to veterans, businesses that hire veterans and companies that make products to support veterans.

“From Elkhart to Warsaw, I’ve traveled to every corner of northern Indiana to see what tools our communities need to improve the lives the 54,000 veterans in my district. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to tour local VA facilities and talk to employers that hire and make products for veterans. This tour has also been an opportunity to discuss the law that was signed last week that will help veterans in rural areas in need of care,” said Walorski.

Earlier this month, President Obama signed H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, which Walorski supported as a House conferee. The legislation was drafted in response to news across the country that veterans requesting doctor appointments were placed on long waiting lists which resulted in many VA facilities falsifying and covering up wait times.

The new law, which passed the House and Senate last month with overwhelming bipartisan support, gives veterans greater access to health care if they live in a rural area or must wait over 30 days to see a doctor. In addition, it provides funding for additional doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Lastly, it gives the Secretary the authority to fire poorly performing executives, just like any other company, which is almost impossible to do under the current system.

As part of her ‘Hoosier Veterans Tour’, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) met with U.S. Navy Reserve Officer and State Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), and Wabash County Veteran Service Officer Cameron Lochner, today at Modoc’s Market to discuss collaboration on veterans issues between local, state and federal levels.


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