WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, WCAX highlighted that Senator Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan bill to strengthen the Solid Start program passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The Solid Start program was created by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) during the previous administration to contact every veteran three times by phone in the first year after they leave active duty service to check in and help connect them to VA programs and benefits.
Senator Hassan’s bipartisan Solid Start Act would codify the Solid Start program – thus ensuring that the program continues – and make improvements such as providing women veterans with information that is tailored to their specific health care and benefit needs – a priority that women veterans from New Hampshire raised with Senator Hassan during a roundtable last year.
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WCAX: Hassan bill to help veterans transition to civilian life heads to president
Legislation sponsored by New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan aimed at supporting veterans is headed to President Biden.
Hassan says her bill supports veterans during their transition to civilian life.
[…] Hassan said her bill makes sure the program continues and improves the specific health care options for women veterans.
“After our service members make sacrifices to protect our freedoms, we must ensure that they have the support that they need after their active duty service – but if our veterans are not even aware of VA services, then we cannot effectively help them,” Hassan, D-New Hampshire, said in a statement. “This bill is a victory for veterans across the country, and I thank the Granite State veterans who have raised with me the importance of strengthening support for new veterans.” […]