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 2, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine Luria today urged House leadership to prioritize defense spending and avoid a year-long Continuing Resolution, which would have disastrous consequences for Coastal Virginia’s economy and America’s national security. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Luria said failing to pass appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2022 jeopardizes a pay raise for servicemembers and would cost the U.S. Navy $14 billion.
October 26, 2021 Press Release
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation, cosponsored by Congresswoman Elaine Luria, award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. military servicemembers who were killed in Afghanistan on August 26, 2021.
October 20, 2021 Press Release
Chair Elaine Luria today presided over a hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, where testimony was heard on legislation to ensure care for victims of military sexual trauma (MST) and to improve the survivor and dependent programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
October 18, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine Luria today lauded 100 of her House colleagues for signing on to her bipartisan bill (H.R. 475) allowing children of military families to stay on a parent’s health insurance plan until the age of 26.
October 14, 2021 Press Release
In 2022, Veterans will see a 5.9 percent increase in certain compensation rates, according to the Social Security Administration, the largest increase since 1982.
October 8, 2021 Press Release
Today, President Joe Biden signed into law the Veteran’s Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2021 (S. 189), which increases rates for certain Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, including compensation, clothing allowance, and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) benefits paid to survivors who died in the line of duty or from a service-related injury or disease. The cost-of-living increase is the same increase provided to Social Security recipients and goes into effect December 1, 2021.
October 5, 2021 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria received the Federal Legislator of the Year Award from the Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The award recognizes members of Congress for ‘exemplary support of the national security of the United States and the current and past members of the Armed Forces and their families.
April 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Elaine Luria today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives urging Congress to pass the Conceding Our Veterans’ Exposure Now and Necessitating Training (COVENANT) Act, landmark legislation securing benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances while serving overseas.

March 10, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last night, Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted for a bipartisan bill that would expand VA’s authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines for veterans and caregivers.  
 
January 29, 2021 Press Release
Congresswoman Elaine Luria led a letter to President Joe Biden and Department of Veterans Affairs Acting-Secretary Dat Tran, raising concerns with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) privatization of compensation and pension (C&P) exams.