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

November 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week advocated on behalf of Hampton Roads veterans by working to promote women veterans and address challenges related to the implementation of the Forever G.I. Bill.
November 13, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Returning to the nation’s capital after an active Veterans Day weekend in Virginia’s Second District, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week supported a bipartisan slate of bills to help local veterans and their families.
November 9, 2019 Press Release

HAMPTON ROADS – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today reflected on the importance of helping American veterans and on their importance to our Hampton Roads community.

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 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Two months before a comprehensive new law for Vietnam veterans goes into effect, House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chair Elaine Luria (VA-02) today pressed top VA officials on implementation efforts, identifying gaps that need to be filled.

October 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chair Elaine Luria (VA-02) today led her panel in a bipartisan legislative hearing on bills that would help veterans.

October 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House today passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s (VA-02) bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study and submit a plan to Congress that would make VA websites accessible for veterans affected by blindness or hearing loss.

October 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) recently met with David Collins, the new director of the Hampton VA Medical Center (HVAMC).

Congresswoman Luria was glad to hear Director Collins intends to set his sights on improved access for patient care, reduced wait times, and increased patient satisfaction for veterans living in the Hampton Roads region.

October 4, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today attended and gave remarks at the Grow with Google & United Service Organizations (USO) Training in Virginia Beach. Representatives from USO and Google facilitated networking opportunities and workshops to help participants develop their skills, find jobs, and grow their careers. 

September 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the President has signed into law her bipartisan bill that would put more money in the pockets of American veterans.

September 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week led a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging him to immediately bring up the House-passed SECURE Act for a vote on the Senate floor.

September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chair Elaine Luria (VA-02) today led an oversight hearing on VA’s contract exam process, specifically emphasizing its impact on rural veterans, including her constituents on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

August 24, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) spoke Friday at a meeting of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (HRCMOAA), describing her efforts to help servicemembers, military families, and veterans to an audience of local retired military officers, spouses, and guests.

August 6, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke at the grand opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center, giving remarks on the importance of caring for our veterans and military families.

Text of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks are below, and a photograph from the event is attached.

July 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House of Representatives approved a pair of her amendments as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help servicemembers and their families.

These include an amendment to ensure that the men and women who educate the children of military families are not subject to unfair taxation and another to encourage continued research that is occurring within the Navy’s Wound Care Research Program.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House today passed a bipartisan bill that includes Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s provision to ensure blinded veterans receive housing accommodations they need to live independently.

July 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs unanimously adopted an amendment introduced by Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) to ensure that blind veterans get the housing adaptations they need to live independently at home and with their families.

“Blind veterans sacrificed for America,” Congresswoman Luria said. “They deserve equal access to important opportunities for growth and independence, and I am honored to champion their cause. It’s great news that the Committee unanimously moved our amendment forward.”

July 2, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), the Chair of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, and Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today introduced a bill to expand the availability of in-state tuition rates to student veterans regardless of when they were discharged from the military.
June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week secured language in a House-passed funding bill directing the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies to prioritize important issues related to military readiness, renewable energy, and veteran assistance.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairwoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Thursday led a legislative and oversight hearing to help ensure access to disability benefits for veteran survivors of military sexual trauma (MST).

The Subcommittee discussed H.R. 1092, the Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act of 2019, a bill that would expand health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for MST.

June 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairwoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today praised this week’s unanimous Senate passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. In May, Congresswoman Luria spoke on the House floor and voted in support of this bipartisan bill that she proudly cosponsored. The House passed the bill 410-0.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In passing the SECURE Act today, the House pushed through a fix first introduced by Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) that would provide urgent relief to Gold Star Families impacted by the 2017 tax law that caused America’s most heroic families to see drastic tax increases.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced that the number of service, veteran, and survivor organizations to offer their support for H.R. 2481, the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, climbed to 20. This is in addition to 155 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle and the formal endorsement of a bipartisan veterans caucus in Congress.

May 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Elaine Luria spoke on behalf of Gold Star Families and her bipartisan bill that would provide tax relief to survivors of the fallen.

Congresswoman Luria’s Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, H.R. 2481, would fix a consequence of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that is causing Gold Star Families to see drastic tax increases.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria's (VA-02) bipartisan bill that would put more money in the pockets of American veterans. 

The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2019, H.R. 1200, passed by voice vote and is Congresswoman Luria’s first bill to clear the full House. (VIDEO here.)

May 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced that key veterans service organizations — including the American Legion, Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Military Officers Association of America — have endorsed her Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, marking new momentum for a bill that has garnered 124 cosponsors and the endorsement of a bipartisan veterans caucus in Congress

May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s (VA-02) Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act (H.R. 2481) has received the formal endorsement of the For Country Caucus and now has 100 cosponsors.

The Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act will fix a consequence of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that is causing Gold Star Families to see drastic tax increases.

May 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) announced she will serve as Vice Chair and co-founder of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus (SWWV).

Following the record-setting arrival of four women veterans in the House – the largest number ever – the formation of the caucus is intended to foster collaboration among House members and address issues facing America’s servicewomen and women veterans.  

May 14, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – After several instances of fighting on behalf of Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans in Congress, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke on the House floor and voted in support of a bill she proudly cosponsored that would bring overdue health and disability benefits to a long-neglected group of veterans.
May 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today participated in her first full-committee bill markup as a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would repeal a tax hike first established by the hastily-passed 2017 Republican tax law, forcing some Gold Star Families to pay thousands of additional dollars in taxes on survivor benefits.

Spouses of the fallen sometimes sign over earned benefits to their children to ensure the family receives all the benefits.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced an additional staff hire as her team expands in Virginia’s Second Congressional District. The new hire, Terra Johnson, will serve as a Wounded Warrior Fellow in Congresswoman Luria’s Virginia Beach office.

The Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program was established by the House of Representatives to provide opportunities for wounded or disabled veterans to work in Congress.

May 1, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – In a history-making moment, House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairwoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today led her panel during its first legislative hearing on bills that would help veterans.
April 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Last night at a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) challenged top VA officials on the fact that they could not answer basic questions about VA’s low benchmark of success for preventing veteran suicide.
April 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today in a House Veterans’ Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee hearing, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) highlighted her sharp focus on improving VA programs that train and counsel veterans seeking civilian jobs after their service.

April 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Five weeks after first asking about the status of healthcare benefits for thousands of Blue Water Navy Veterans of the Vietnam War without getting an answer, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), Chair of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA), again pressed VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for an update on extending benefits to Blue Water Navy Veterans.

March 29, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, has introduced a bill that would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study and submit a plan to Congress that would make VA websites accessible for disabled veterans.
March 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that would increase accountability and oversight over private contractor-provided housing for military families, which have suffered from serious health, safety, and environmental problems.

March 5, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – The office of Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) is seeking a wounded or disabled veteran for a two-year paid fellowship in her Virginia Beach district office.
March 1, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – At a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing this week, Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Subcommittee Chairwoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) sought clarity from top U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials on benefits for an estimated 52,000 Blue Water Navy Veterans.
February 26, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, during a joint House and Senate hearing highlighting the Legislative Presentation of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization, House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairwoman Elaine Luria made the following statement.
February 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In order to ensure our nation’s veterans receive the benefits they have earned, House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairwoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) introduced a bipartisan bill to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to veterans.

The legislation is cosponsored by DAMA Ranking Member Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12).

February 22, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria today criticized President Trump’s national emergency declaration because it could potentially steal up to $131.7 million worth of urgently needed Department of Defense funds for Virginia military construction projects that are critical to national security and the well-being of our armed forces.
February 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today was named Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, a critical position for the Hampton Roads region.

“I’m proud to take leadership roles that will produce bipartisan solutions for active-duty military and veterans,” Congresswoman Luria said. “With jurisdiction over maritime programs, shipbuilding, and more, the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee is crucial to the Hampton Roads community, and I am honored to serve in this capacity.”

January 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – In a history-making appointment, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced her chairmanship of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
January 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year Navy veteran, secured a seat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she will fight for American veterans and perform oversight duties on the VA.