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:
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)
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today joined the Chairs of the VA Backlog Working Group, Senators Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), along with Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), in introducing the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, comprehensive legislation designed to reduce the backlog of veterans’ disability claims.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has asked for unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate to pass his legislation authorizing the completion of 27 veterans affairs (VA) outpatient clinics that have been delayed by bureaucratic errors from the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) and a recent decision by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The Lafayette and Lake Charles clinics are included. Vitter’s legislation includes an offset to pay for the clinics.Read More
(Lafayette, La.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter and the entire Louisiana Congressional delegation today sent a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Administration, Eric Shinkseki, requesting a meeting to push for pending legislation that would immediately authorize the Lake Charles and Lafayette outpatient clinics.Read More
Vitter Amendment to Veterans’ Cost of Living Adjustment would Authorize Lafayette, Lake Charles VA Clinics
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter introduced an amendment to legislation before the U.S. Senate to fund a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for veterans. Vitter’s amendment would authorize the completion of veterans affairs (VA) clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles that have been bogged down and halted by bureaucratic delays.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) fought for reforms for veterans during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday regarding changes in the military retirement system. Vitter specifically questioned administration officials from the Department of Defense on veterans’ cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and the head of the Military Officers Association on how veterans’ affairs clinics are authorized.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced today that legislation authorizing 27 VA clinics across the country, including the clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles, is likely to pass through the U.S. House of Representatives today. Vitter says he will be immediately pushing for a unanimous consent agreement in the Senate to pass the House bill, which was authored by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.).Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today commented on legislation that passed in the House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee authorizing 27 VA clinics across the country, including the clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles, La. Vitter says he’ll be pushing for a consent agreement in the Senate to pass the House bill. Yesterday, Vitter met with the nominee to be the Undersecretary of the Veterans Administration, Sloan Gibson, and conveyed that he expects this legislation to be passed by the House and the Senate by the end of the year. Vitter said that if it is, he’ll support Gibson’s nomination.Read More