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.
March 15, 2020
Shaheen, Hassan Sponsor Bill Directing VA to ‘do its job’ and Provide Benefits for Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) are sponsoring legislation authored by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) which would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide benefits for veterans suffering from four diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange.Read More
March 10, 2020
Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senators Hassan, Shaheen to Honor World War II Army Rangers
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Army Rangers Veterans of World War II, in recognition of their extraordinary service. All members of the World War II-era Ranger Battalions were volunteers, whose service contributed greatly to the military success of the United States and our Allies.Read More
March 10, 2020
Senator Hassan Statement on VA Barring GI Funding for Colleges & Universities with Deceptive Marketing, Enrollment Practices
WASHINGTON - Following the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announcement that it will end GI Bill payments to five colleges and universities due to deceptive marketing or enrollment practices, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statement:Read More
February 26, 2020
WASHINGTON - Following reports of $134 million in unpaid claims that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) owes New Hampshire health care providers, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie calling for answers on what the VA is doing to address the claims backlog. The claims stem from veterans accessing care through the VA’s Community Care Network, in which veterans can visit providers who offer services outside of the VA system, ranging from home health aides to acupuncturists to emergency room services.Read More
February 12, 2020
Shaheen, Hassan Call on Trump Administration to End Treatment Delay for Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange
( Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of Senators condemning the Trump administration for delaying critical benefits to Vietnam veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange. In their letter, the Senators specifically called on the administration to stop denying scientific evidence, and end the years-long delay of adding Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism, Parkinsonism and Hypertension to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) list of service-connected presumptive conditions. The offices of Senators Shaheen and Hassan assist veterans throughout New Hampshire experiencing difficulties receiving the care they’re owed by the VA, including many who have conditions from their exposure to Agent Orange.Read More
February 12, 2020
WASHINGTON - The United States must learn from past missteps by establishing - and following — a clear, comprehensive strategy in Afghanistan, Senator Hassan stressed during a hearing examining America’s role in Afghanistan held by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management. The hearing was led by Subcommittee Chairman Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ranking Member Maggie Hassan (D-NH).Read More
January 29, 2020
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released this statement following news of the death of Air Force Captain Ryan S. Phaneuf of Hudson, who was killed during a plane crash in Afghanistan earlier this week:Read More