Veterans

There is no higher priority to me than fighting for those who chose to serve their country in uniform. As a 20-year Navy veteran, I know firsthand the unique challenges and opportunities that our veterans face as they transition out of service.

As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I work closely with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find ways to support veterans and their families. On the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, I have pressed the VA to find ways to streamline jobs programs to make them easier to use for veterans, and I am a cosponsor of the Reduce Unemployment for Veterans of All Ages Act. This bill will repeal a limitation preventing veterans who have been out of the service for longer than 12 years from participating in employment programs. I also joined the leading Republican on the Committee in cosponsoring a bill to allow veterans to qualify for in-state tuition in any state they choose.

I am also advocating on behalf of Gold Star families harmed by the 2017 tax law. Together with a bipartisan group of cosponsors, I introduced the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, which would repeal an error in the 2017 tax reform bill that was causing some Gold Star families to pay thousands of dollars in additional taxes on their survivor benefits. This bill passed the House as part of a larger legislative package. With the support of Democrats, Republicans, and nonpartisan organizations, we are working to fix a flaw in our tax law and provide more financial security to America’s most heroic families.

 

More on Veterans

December 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed Representatives Elaine Luria (VA-02) and Andy Barr’s (KY-06) bipartisan initiative to bring transparency and fairness to the disability benefits process within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their bill, H.R. 7795, was incorporated into the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act as part of a larger reform package and passed the House unanimously/with broad bipartisan support.

December 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—This week, Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Subcommittee Chair Elaine Luria presided over the Subcommittee’s oversight hearing to examine the presumptive service connection process at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) and explores ways that the VA can more consistently and transparently compensate veterans for health benefits related to toxic exposure during their military service.

December 7, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Luria participated in a House Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing entitled, “A Time for Change: Assessing the Need to Modernize Veteran Eligibility for Care.” During the hearing, the Congresswoman pressed witnesses about ways we should improve the transition from active duty to VA health care and how the VA handles claims related to toxic exposure.
November 17, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Luria announced that S. 3587, the Senate companion bill to Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s VA Website Accessibility Act, passed the House and is now headed to President Trump for signature into law.
November 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria reflected on the work she has done on behalf of veterans in Coastal Virginia during her first term in Congress. A 20-year Navy veteran serving a district that is home to numerous military installations and over 100,000 veterans, Congresswoman Luria has been a staunch advocate for our nation’s veterans and military families. One of her top priorities is ensuring that all veterans have the resources they need to thrive after their service.

October 21, 2020 Press Release
Today, Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs subcommittee (DAMA) Chair Elaine Luria sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, urging him to commit that VA will ensure all contractors provide timely, high-quality compensation and pension (C&P) examinations to disabled veterans. This follows a recent announcement by VA that it intends to shutter the C&P examination program at the Veterans Health Administration and shift to the use of private contractors.
October 19, 2020 Press Release
Last week, Congresswoman Elaine Luria sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig to relay concerns that Gold Star Families are still waiting to receive refunds from their amended 2018 tax returns. Congresswoman Luria urged IRS to quickly process all outstanding refund requests, especially amended returns for 2018.
October 13, 2020 Press Release
This week, U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) and Elaine Luria (D-Va.) led a letter to conferees for the annual defense bill, requesting the inclusion of their bipartisan measure to research and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for veterans.
September 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Senate passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria's bipartisan bill, H.R. 6168, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Subcommittee Chair Elaine Luria presided over the Subcommittee’s oversight hearing to analyze the effects of airborne toxic exposures on veterans who served in Southwest Asia and how to improve access to health care for these veterans.