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

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.
January 25, 2021 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria and Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL) introduced the Health Care Fairness for Military Families Act, which would allow TRICARE dependents to remain on their parents’ policy until age 26 without a premium increase.

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.