09/24/12 Republican Congressional Candidate Jackie Walorski (IN-02) announced her Veterans Coalition during an event held Friday morning at the Elkhart Victory Center.

“I would like to thank each of you, and all servicemen and women who so bravely defend this country, for your devoted service to our nation,” said Walorski.  “I am extremely humbled to have your support in this election and vow to continue protecting your benefits in Congress.”

Walorski was joined by a robust group of over 35 supporters of all ages representing each of the different service branches.  During the event, Walorski spent most of her time mingling with the veterans and briefly addressed the group to again express her gratitude for their support and plans to continue representing their needs in Congress.  Walorski also led the Pledge of Allegiance to conclude the gathering.

“I’m supporting Jackie because I am proud of her extensive public service record.  She has always fought in the best interest of all Hoosiers, including veterans, and I know she will do the same thing in Washington,” said Jim Grey, a South Bend Navy Veteran.

Walorski cited multiple bills she supported during her time in the State Legislature to benefit veterans, including allowing better access to education and providing preferences to veteran owned businesses.  The candidate has also vowed to prioritize medical benefits and job support for returning veterans, including better care options and job training.

The candidate plans to continue building her veterans coalition in the coming weeks, with visits planned at multiple veterans’ organizations throughout the district.