Supporting Veterans, Service Members & Their Families
“Veterans and service members have sacrificed bravely in defense of our freedom, and as we work to build a country that is ever-worthy of their service, we must do everything that we can to ensure that they receive the care and support that they need and have earned.” – Senator Hassan
Supporting veterans is not only an issue of critical national importance for Senator Hassan, but it is also a personal issue as the proud daughter of a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Senator Hassan has focused on reaching across the aisle to hold the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable, improve care for veterans, and expand economic opportunity to help veterans better transition into civilian life.
The Senator worked to pass the bipartisan Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, which the President signed into law, to help reduce wait times and improve the process for veterans seeking benefits from the VA.
Other legislative priorities that Senator Hassan successfully pushed to become law include a bill that provides additional support to state and local veterans treatment courts to ensure that veterans have greater access to effective and tailored treatment, as well as bipartisan legislation to ensure that the VA reimburses veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits.
She also worked across the aisle to introduce bipartisan legislation that would create a new Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration at the VA to prioritize programs that empower veterans in their civilian lives and enhance their economic and employment opportunities. Senator Hassan is also working to stop for-profit colleges from taking advantage of service members and veterans, introducing the PROTECT Students Act that would help eliminate these institutions’ aggressive and often predatory recruitment tactics.
Additionally, Senator Hassan is focused on reducing the unacceptably high rate of veteran suicide. She introduced a bipartisan bill to help states establish ‘Green Alert’ systems to help locate missing at-risk veterans. The Senator also supported legislation that would improve health care access, including mental health treatment, for veterans who experience disabilities or who live in rural areas by expanding telehealth services provided by the VA.
Too often the needs of women veterans get overlooked, and Senator Hassan is working to pass legislation to eliminate barriers to care and services that many women veterans face, including ensuring that the VA provides appropriate resources for survivors of military sexual assault trauma.
Senator Hassan will continue working with members of both parties to ensure that we honor our commitments to our veterans, service members, and their families.
September 25, 2020
Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Improve Mental Wellness for Veterans
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, and Doug Jones (D-AL) in introducing bipartisan legislation to help improve mental wellness for veterans. The Senators’ bipartisan bill would designate one week per year as “Buddy Check Week” to organize outreach events and educate veterans on how to conduct peer wellness checks.Read More
September 23, 2020
Shaheen & Hassan Join Senate Call to Ensure Landmark Agent Orange Exposure Bill is Included in Final Annual Defense Legislation
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) – the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – and a group of lawmakers on a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees as they negotiate the final text of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), urging the lawmakers to include a landmark Agent Orange exposure bill. The bill, which was included as an amendment to the Senate version of the annual defense legislation that overwhelmingly cleared the chamber in July, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide benefits to veterans suffering from conditions related to their exposure to the dangerous pesticide Agent Orange.Read More
September 17, 2020
Hassan, Shaheen Call for Answers on Department of Veterans Affairs Data Breach Affecting Veterans and Health Care Providers
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and colleagues in calling for answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) about a recent data breach that exposed veterans’ Social Security numbers and other sensitive information and impacted VA community care providers across the country. The VA publicly announced the data breach earlier this week.Read More
September 11, 2020
United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Ranking Member of SASC Jack Reed urged President Donald Trump to reverse the relocation of the POW/MIA Flag from atop the White House to an area not visible to the public. This decision by the White House appears inconsistent with the law the lawmakers passed last year to require the POW/MIA Flag be displayed whenever the American Flag is displayed on prominent federal properties to honor the more than 81,000 Americans who are listed as Prisoners of War (POW), Missing in Action (MIA), or otherwise unaccounted for from our nation's past wars and conflicts.Read More
September 10, 2020
Senator Hassan Takes to Senate Floor in Response to President Trump Reportedly Calling Service Members “Losers” and “Suckers”
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan took to the Senate floor yesterday in response to President Trump reportedly calling service members “losers” and “suckers.”Read More
September 09, 2020
Shaheen, Hassan & Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on Trump to Restore Full Funding for National Guard’s COVID-19 Response
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter this week with a bipartisan group of Senators to President Trump, urging him to reinstate the 100 percent federal cost share for all National Guard members activated under 502(f) authority to support states’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan letter, led by Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), is signed by 33 other Senators on both sides of the aisle. Shaheen and Leahy sent a letter with a group of Senators last month, calling on him to restore full funding to states for National Guard units responding to the public health crisis.Read More
September 08, 2020
Veterans’ Groups Announce Support for Bipartisan Bill Introduced by Hassan, Collins, and Sinema to Help Ensure Americans Receive Stimulus Payments
WASHINGTON - The American Legion and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) added their support for bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to help ensure that Social Security, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries automatically receive any future COVID-19 relief stimulus payments. The bill is also supported by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and Paralyzed Veterans of America.Read More