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 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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  • Vitter Supports Increase in VA Mental Health Resources

    (Washington, D.C.) -- U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today voted in favor of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. It passed the U.S. Senate 99-0, and also unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on January 12, 2015.

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  • Vitter and Boustany Urge VA Secretary McDonald to Visit Louisiana

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) and Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-La.) today sent a letter to Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald expressing concerns about the VA’s continued mistreatment of Louisiana veterans, raising questions about the department’s procedures issuing construction deadlines for veterans’ health clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles, and urging the Secretary to visit these sites. 

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  • Vitter and Boustany Demand Answers on VA Clinic Timelines

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) and Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D. (R-La.) today sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald highlighting their disappointment with the agency’s continued substandard treatment of South Louisiana veterans. Vitter has also requested a call with McDonald.

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  • Vitter: Army Retirement Policies Cause Declining Morale, Pay Cuts for Service Members

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to John McHugh, the Secretary of the Army, concerning the Army’s recent policy forcing 19,000 captains and majors to retire from their service. The Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board (eSERB) and Officer Separation Board (OSB) policies force certain service members to retire at the highest enlisted ranks they held for 36 months, rather than at their current pay grade.

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  • Vitter and Boustany Request Hearings to Protect Veterans’ Appeals Rights

    ( Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees requesting that the committees hold oversight hearings on the transfer of authority over payments for veterans’ emergency medical services from the Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Chief Business Office under the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (VACAA) of 2014.

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