Rep. Walorski (R-IN): 9/11 changed the world, not our responsibilities

It’s been 15 years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

Like many Americans, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) remembers exactly where she was when she heard the news. Unlike most Americans, however, Walorski wasn’t living in the United States. As she shares in her guest column on, Walorski and her husband were living in Romania as missionaries, providing food and medical supplies to impoverished children.

“As we watched the attacks unfold on the one American TV channel available there, we felt helpless from so far away and unsure if we would ever see our country again,” she writes. “But our nation was resilient, and we all witnessed selflessness and bravery and patriotism in everyday Americans.”

The experience inspired Walorski to run for Congress, where she now serves on both the House Armed Services and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees. “Our courageous men and women in uniform…risk everything to keep America safe and free, and we have an obligation to make sure they have the resources, tools, and training they need to confront any threat around the world.”

To read Walorskis’ post in its entirety, click here. For more 9/11 reflections from House Republicans, click here.