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.
July 02, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) caregiver program. According to reports, caregivers and veterans have been arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced. The Senators’ bipartisan legislation would take a number of steps to give caregivers and veterans an opportunity to appeal any downgrade or termination of benefits and ensure that all caregivers are recognized as part of the clinical team attending to veterans.Read More
June 08, 2020
Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Homeless Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in introducing legislation to give the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) greater flexibility in caring for and meeting the needs of homeless veterans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was led by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and companion legislation was also introduced in the House by Representatives Mike Levin (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL).Read More
June 08, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored bipartisan legislation to create safe, anonymous, and continuously available drop off centers for veterans to easily dispose of unwanted medications, including opioids.Read More
May 29, 2020
Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump’s Veto of Bipartisan Measure to Protect Defrauded Student Borrowers
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement after President Trump vetoed a bipartisan measure that would overturn the Department of Education’s “borrower defense” rule, a proposal that will effectively deny students who were cheated or defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges of the debt relief that they are entitled to under law.Read More
May 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - In recognition of Memorial Day, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan wrote a tribute to America’s fallen service members, recognizing our nation’s heroes.Read More
May 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK) in calling on the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office to investigate ongoing delays to the KC-46 aircraft program that are preventing the aircraft from being used in operational missions, including at Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire. Senators Hassan and Lankford serve on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee – the top Senate oversight committee – and the Government Accountability Office prioritizes requests from this committee.Read More
May 18, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) has cosponsored the Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), to formally recognize that certain veterans were exposed to burn pits during their service, making it easier for them to access U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and benefits for illnesses and diseases related to exposure to burn pits.Read More