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.
April 06, 2021
Following Senator Hassan & Colleagues’ SAVE LIVES Act, Manchester and White River Junction VA Medical Centers Open Vaccinations to All Veterans, their Spouses, and their Caregivers
WASHINGTON – Following efforts by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee, to pass into law the bipartisan SAVE LIVES Act, the Manchester and White River Junction VA Medical Centers will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers. Yesterday, Senator Hassan visited the Manchester VA Medical Center, where she spoke with veterans and discussed vaccination efforts with VA leaders. Eligible Granite Staters can sign up to receive their COVID-19 vaccine through the VA here.Read More
April 02, 2021
NH Delegation Announces $564K in Emergency Funding for NH State Veterans Home to Protect Residents & Staff from COVID-19
( Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that the New Hampshire State Veterans Home will receive $564,287 in emergency funding to prevent, combat and mitigate COVID-19 in the facility. Specifically, the award was allocated through government funding legislation that was passed by Congress and signed into law in December and will help support efforts to protect the health and well-being of Veterans Home residents and staff. A senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Shaheen supported the inclusion of these funds during negotiations for the government funding legislation.Read More
April 01, 2021
Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Health Care for Veterans with Toxic Exposure
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan introduced bipartisan legislation to fundamentally reform and improve how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Senator Hassan recently joined Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) for a virtual press conference to highlight the Toxic Exposure in the American Military (TEAM Act) which they worked together to introduce.Read More
March 26, 2021
Senators Hassan, Tillis Lead Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Veterans Service Organizations for Their Support to Veterans Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), both members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, led 10 of their colleagues on the Committee in introducing a bipartisan resolution honoring Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) for their work supporting veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
March 24, 2021
Senators Braun, Hassan, Representatives Latta, Rice introduce bipartisan bill to support a new VA program to help hire separating Defense personnel
WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced bipartisan legislation that helps the Department of Veterans Affairs actively recruit and hire separating Department of Defense medical department personnel to help fill its more than 45,000 open positions.Read More
March 24, 2021
President Biden Signs Into Law Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Bill to Expand Veterans’ Access to Vaccines
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed into law bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and her colleagues that will expand COVID-19 vaccine access to all veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).Read More
March 23, 2021
Senators Hassan, Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Health Care for Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substances
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) today introduced the Toxic Exposure in the American Military (TEAM Act), bipartisan legislation that fundamentally reforms and improves how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Senators Hassan and Tillis are joined by Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in introducing the bipartisan legislation.Read More