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.) - 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.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC), and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), SBC Ranking Member, today introduced the Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act of 2015.Read More
(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.Read More
( 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.Read More
(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.Read More
(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.Read More
( 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.Read More
(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.Read More
(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.Read More