WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) received the Federal Legislator of the Year Award from the Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes members of Congress for their support of the national security of the United States, active-duty personnel, veterans, and military families.
“I am humbled to receive this award from VCOC for the second consecutive year. As a veteran, supporting our service members, veterans, and military families is one of my top priorities in Congress,” Rep. Luria said. “I will continue to advocate for a strong national defense in Congress and work closely with VCOC and other stakeholders to champion legislation that improves the quality of life for those who currently serve and have served.”
In March 2021, Rep. Luria, advanced the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2021 to broaden the definition of toxic exposure, expand access to comprehensive health care services covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and strengthen benefits for veterans were exposed to toxic substances during their service.
The Honoring Our PACT Act included two of Rep. Luria’s bills: the COVENANT Act, which addresses toxic exposure to include both a comprehensive list of overseas locations that would qualify a veteran for earned benefits and a list of presumptive illnesses contracted as a result of airborne exposure, and the Veterans Disability Claims Notification Improvement Act, which ensures the timely processing and notification of veteran claim decisions through modern, electronic means.
VCOC is an affiliation of MOAA chapters throughout Virginia. There are 18 MOAA chapters and over 40,000 MOAA members in Virginia. Learn more about VCOC MOAA, here: https://moaavcoc.org/
MOAA is the nation’s largest association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization with approximately 380,000 members from every branch of service, and their families. To learn more about MOAA, visit their website:https://www.moaa.org/