Ahead of Veterans Day, Congresswoman Elaine Luria Remembers and Advocates for American Heroes
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.
“On Veterans Day, like every day, it is important to recognize and thank our servicemembers and their families for their sacrifices and irreplaceable contributions,” Congresswoman Luria said. “In Coastal Virginia, veterans and military families are the fabric and backbone of our community. I will continue to proudly champion the cause of America’s bravest men and women.”
Since taking office in January, Congresswoman Luria has led several legislative efforts to uphold her promise to fight for American veterans.
- Congresswoman Luria introduced the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act (H.R. 2481) to repeal the tax hike on Gold Star Families established by the 2017 tax law. This bipartisan bill later became part of the House-passed SECURE Act.
- Last month, Congresswoman Luria’s Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (H.R. 1200) became law. The new law will put more money in the pockets of American veterans by providing a cost-of-living adjustment increase on disability compensation. This increase will mirror the same cost-of-living increase for Social Security.
- In February, she introduced the VA Website Accessibility Act (H.R. 1199). This bill would 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. It passed the House in October.
- To ensure blinded veterans can receive housing accommodations they need to live independently, Congresswoman Luria introduced the Housing Access for Blind Veterans Act (H.R. 3640). This bill was later included as an amendment to the Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act, which passed the House in July.
As the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chair, Congresswoman Luria leads legislative hearings on issues that are pertinent to veterans. Most recently, she led a hearing where she pressed top VA officials on implementation efforts for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act and identified gaps that need to be filled. This new law, which Congresswoman Luria supported, would bring overdue health and disability benefits to a long-overlooked group of Vietnam veterans.
Other hearings DAMA Chair Luria led focused on improving the VA benefits claim process, identifying and correcting barriers and benefit disparities between different groups of veterans, and addressing military sexual trauma.
Congresswoman Luria remains steadfastly committed to advocating for the unique needs of our servicemembers. She will continue fighting to ensure that we uphold our promise to take care of our bravest men and women.
Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.