Supporting Veterans, Service Members & Their Families
America’s service members and veterans have demonstrated a selfless commitment to keeping our nation safe, secure, and free, and Senator Hassan is dedicated to ensuring that they have the support and services that they need and have earned.
As the daughter of a World War II veteran, Senator Hassan has worked throughout her time in public service to support our veterans, service members, and their families. During her time as Governor of New Hampshire, she supported efforts to improve veteran hiring, worked to combat veteran homelessness, and provided the New Hampshire State Veterans Home the funds necessary to serve additional veterans.
Senator Hassan believes that we must do more to improve the lives of veterans and service members in New Hampshire and across America. She is focused on addressing longstanding issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs and increasing accountability at the VA to ensure that veterans receive accessible, high-quality care – including behavioral health services and substance use disorder treatment. The Senator is also working on efforts to improve education and job training for veterans and service members and to promote veteran employment. And she is focused on building on efforts taken in New Hampshire to end veteran homelessness.
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.
February 06, 2019
Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) today introduced the Full Military Honors Act, a bill that would allow all Medal of Honor recipients and former prisoners of war to receive a full military honors burial ceremony with an escort, regardless of rank. Currently, full military honors with an escort are reserved for senior officers, non-commissioned officers, and servicemembers killed in combat. The Full Military Honors Act passed the Senate in December of 2018. Representatives Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), Elaine Luria (D-Virginia), Jimmy Panetta (D-California), and Scott Taylor (R-Virginia) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.Read More
January 18, 2019
Hassan, Shaheen Join Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Service Members and Veterans, Examine Health Effects of Toxic Burn Pits
WASHINGTON - Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen this week joined colleagues in reintroducing the bipartisan Burn Pits Accountability Act to examine the health effects of exposure to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals on service members and veterans. The legislation would require the Department of Defense to evaluate members of the Armed Forces for exposure to toxic airborne chemicals during periodic health assessments, upon a service member’s return from a deployment (Post-Deployment Health Assessment), and at separation (Separation History and Physical Examination). The bill also enhances information sharing between the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veterans Affairs about service members’ based or stationed near an open burn pit or exposed to airborne toxins and provides members determined to have been exposed to toxic airborne chemicals or stationed near an open burn pit additional opportunities to enroll in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.Read More
January 03, 2019
President Signs into Law Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Ensure Veterans Receive Full Housing Benefits
WASHINGTON - President Trump today signed into law the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses student veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.Read More
January 02, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan today joined 20 of her colleagues in trying to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable for misusing its resources for suicide prevention.Read More
December 19, 2018
Senator Hassan Statement on New Report that Trump Administration Has Left Millions for Veteran Suicide Prevention Unspent
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after a report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has left millions of dollars budgeted for veteran suicide prevention unspent. The report shows that as of September, the VA had spent less than 1 percent of its $6.2 million budget for suicide prevention outreach. The VA has estimated that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide every day.Read More
December 19, 2018
Senate Approves Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Ensure Veterans Receive Full Housing Benefits
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously approved the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan, to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits. The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.Read More
November 30, 2018
NH Delegation Calls on DOD & VA to Investigate Cancer-Related Health Concerns of Service Members at Pease Air National Guard Base
( Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), calling on the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs to investigate cancer-related health concerns of service members that have served at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This letter comes amid concerns from Granite Staters that cancers among the former Pease service members may be caused by service-connected chemical exposure to known carcinogens as well as the emerging contaminant, per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).Read More