Veterans Affairs

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.

U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs -- Veterans Benefits Administration New Orleans Regional Office

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

American Legion

Tribute to Louisiana's Fallen Heroes


  • Vitter Honors Life of Louisiana Veteran, Hero

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today released the following statement on the passing of Lieutenant Colonel Jack Larry Kilcrease, a three-time Purple Heart recipient and a former Commissioner of Veterans Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs for the State of Louisiana. A decorated veteran of the United States Army and graduate of the University of New Orleans. Lt. Col. Kilcrease received numerous recognitions during his thirty-two year service including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts, among many others.

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  • Vitter Passes Veteran Entrepreneurship, Tax Bills Through Committee

    (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, made the following statement following the passage of the Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act of 2015 (S.1866) through the Committee with unanimous bipartisan support. Additionally, the Committee favorably reported four other bills and a Sense of the Committee Resolution related to small business tax reform to the Senate floor.

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  • Vitter, Boustany Announce New Details on VA Clinics in Lafayette, Lake Charles

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) and Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD (R-La.) received a response to their March 20, 2015 letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert McDonald expressing the urgent need for the VA to act quickly in Lafayette and Lake Charles to build long-overdue VA clinics. In the VA’s response, written by VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, the agency disclosed further information about upcoming clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.

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  • Vitter, VA Backlog Working Group Release New Report, Legislation to Address Claims Delay

    ( U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today joined Chairs of the VA Backlog Working Group, U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in releasing the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, comprehensive legislation designed to create a system that can withstand surges in disability claims without generating another veteran disability claims backlog.

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  • Vitter to Push VA on Lake Charles Clinic, Says Delays are Unacceptable

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today said that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has delayed construction for a new Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Lake Charles, La. Vitter says the delays are unacceptable and is scheduling a call with VA Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss the delays.

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  • Vitter Announces Lease Awarded for Lafayette VA Clinic, Continues Push for Lake Charles VA

    (Lafayette, La.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a lease for a new Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Lafayette, La. The new facility will provide primary care and specialty care services to veterans in southwest Louisiana. Vitter will continue pushing for progress on a new veterans’ health clinic in Lake Charles, La.

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  • Vitter, Boustany Keep Pressure on VA to Build Vets Outpatient Clinics

    ( U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D. (R-South Louisiana), today followed up with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald highlighting the fact that during VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson’s visit to Louisiana last month, he found conditions at the Lafayette community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) “inadequate and unacceptable.” Gibson visited Louisiana in February at the urging of Vitter and Boustany.

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