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.
June 24, 2021
Senator Hassan Discusses Importance of Her Bipartisan Bills to Support Veterans’ Mental Wellbeing During Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) participated in a Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing today, where she discussed the importance of passing her bipartisan bills to support veterans’ mental health and improve their overall wellbeing.Read More
June 23, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), both members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced a bipartisan bill to improve oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and reduce the backlog of requests from veterans for medical and other VA military records. A companion bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this month.Read More
June 21, 2021
Senator Hassan Attends Northeast POW/MIA Network Vigil, Queen City Pride Festival, and Juneteenth Block Party
NEW HAMPSHIRE – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan attended multiple events across New Hampshire in recent days, including the Northeast POW/MIA Network Vigil, Queen City Pride Festival, and Manchester Juneteenth Block Party. At these events, she joined in honoring and celebrating Granite Staters and their contributions to the state.Read More
June 16, 2021
Senator Hassan Presses VA Secretary on Critical Priorities for NH Veterans, Calls for Expanding Burial Benefits at NH State Veterans Cemetery to All Service Members
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today during a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing pressed Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough on a number of critical priorities for New Hampshire veterans, including expanding eligibility for burials in state veteran cemeteries to all service members, building a full-service VA hospital in New Hampshire, and addressing the veteran suicide rate.Read More
June 09, 2021
Shaheen, Hassan Announce New Legislation to Clean Up PFAS at Military Installations with Highest Levels of Contamination
(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in introducing two pieces of legislation – the Clean Water for Military Families Act and the Filthy Fifty Act – that would direct the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify and clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at U.S. military installations with some of the highest detections across the country, including Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire.Read More
June 09, 2021
Senator Hassan Emphasizes Need for Full-Service VA Hospital & Infrastructure Improvements to the Manchester VA Medical Center During Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today emphasized the need to get a full-service VA hospital in New Hampshire and make long-term improvements to the Manchester VA Medical Center during a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing.Read More
June 03, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, cosponsored comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to strengthen retirement security for Granite Staters and Americans. The bipartisan Retirement Security & Savings Act includes measures championed by Senator Hassan to help more Americans save for retirement, including her bipartisan bill with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to expand retirement savings for military spouses, as well as legislation she previously cosponsored to allow employers to match student loan payments with employee retirement contributions.Read More