Congresswoman Elaine Luria to Lead Veterans’ Subcommittee

January 31, 2019
Press Release
Retired Naval Commander Is First Woman Veteran with Military Service to Serve on Veterans’ Committee and First to Lead a Veterans’ Subcommittee

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.

A 20-year Navy veteran who retired at the rank of Commander, Congresswoman Luria is the first-ever woman veteran from a military service branch to serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC), and the first to lead an HVAC Subcommittee.

“As a veteran, I am honored to lead this important subcommittee and help our American heroes succeed after their service,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Congress has a lot to do in modernizing the disability claims process and helping our veterans get the benefits they deserve. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to fight for them.”

The Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs has legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over compensation; general and special pensions of all wars of the United States; life insurance issued by the government on account of service in the Armed Forces; cemeteries of the United States in which veterans of any war or conflict are or may be buried, whether in the United States or abroad, except cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior; burial benefits; the Board of Veterans’ Appeals; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.