Our veterans have played a crucial, historic role in protecting our freedom and advancing democracy worldwide. Time and again, they have opposed tyranny in the never-ending effort to defend and promote American values.
I am working to properly honor veterans by:
Co-sponsoring and pushing for legislation to reform the VA, allow veterans to see private doctors, and bring much needed accountability to the Department.
Fighting to get promised new VA outpatient clinics built in Lafayette and Lake Charles.
Fighting to make sure the abuses reported at the VA throughout the country do not happen in Louisiana, and working to make sure the VA Inspector General fully investigates whistleblower reports in Shreveport.
Authoring and passing legislation to dramatically improve prescription drug benefits for Medicare-eligible military retirees and their dependents.
Coauthoring and helping pass TRICARE For Life health coverage and key reforms in TRICARE.
Cosponsoring advanced funding legislation for VA appropriations to allow the VA to better prepare for future health care spending.
Cosponsoring legislation allowing for concurrent receipt of military retirement benefits and disability benefits.
Supporting and achieving funding increases in VA programs, including a more than 50 percent increase in both overall veterans funding and veterans health care funding.
Cosponsoring legislation to strengthen the Survivor Benefits Program.
Cosponsoring legislation to improve the VA's ability to take care of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today about ongoing investigations into different cases at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals in New Orleans and Shreveport.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is asking for a thorough investigation into the waitlist practices of Overton Brooks Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. Vitter sent a letter to Richard J. Griffin, Acting Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), urging him to investigate. A whistleblower from Overton Brooks came forward with allegations that VA administrators manipulate data on veterans’ wait times.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today supported the veterans’ health care reform bill in the U.S. Senate. Vitter successfully included authorization for Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics – including clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles -- in the final bill. Vitter also highlighted positive reforms to the VA in the bill like making it possible to fire employees, creating more options for veterans to obtain private health care, and adding additional accountability that requires the VA to report on outcomes and make necessary data available.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is continuing his push to get information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on behalf of a constituent from New Orleans, La. who lost her father, allegedly in part due to the poor care at the VA health care facility in New Orleans. A recent VA audit revealed the New Orleans VA hospital has an average wait time of 51.85 days for new primary care patients. The VA has refused to provide information to the constituent.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today reacted to reports showing that Louisiana veterans face wait times, in some cases of more than fifty days, at Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics in New Orleans, Alexandria and Shreveport. Click here to read the report.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that he was able to include authorization for veterans affairs (VA) clinics – including clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles -- included in the final VA bill. The Senate will likely vote on the bill next week.Read More