Our nation must honor its commitment to America’s veterans. Indiana is home to nearly 550,000 veterans, with 52,000 veterans and survivors collecting disability compensation or pension payments. On average, today’s service members have spent more time in a combat zone than at any other time in our history. As a Nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have served in our armed forces and given so much, as well as to their families, who also have made great sacrifices.
I have supported legislation to help provide our nation’s veterans with the services and care they have earned, including over $300 million to help the VA end the disability claims backlog. I also voted to repeal the COLA adjustment for all current military veterans and active service members. The law has now been changed so COLAs will be calculated as they always have been for current veterans and active-duty service members. I am committed to helping the men and women who fought for our Nation by working to ensure veterans and their families get the benefits they have earned.
More on Veterans Issues
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017) — Reps. Luke Messer (R-IN-06) and Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) are seeking to reduce the financial burden on veterans pursuing higher education by making application fees eligible under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
While the Post 9/11 GI Bill provides important educational benefits, the cost of applications to colleges, graduate schools, and technical and vocational schools – which can run into the hundreds of dollars – are not covered.