February 02, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Committee Assignment Will Allow Her to Build on Her Bipartisan Work Supporting Veterans

WASHINGTON – Providing a new opportunity to build on her bipartisan work supporting veterans, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan will join the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which conducts oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and advances legislation on matters pertaining to veterans, including education, health care, VA benefits, and job training.

 

“As the daughter of a World War II veteran, it is my great honor to join the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to help get veterans the care and support that they need and have earned,” Senator Hassan said. “Throughout my career in public service, I have focused on expanding opportunity and strengthening care for veterans, while working to build a country that is ever-worthy of their service. I am eager to partner with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle as a member of the Committee to build on these priorities and make a real difference in the lives of veterans in New Hampshire and across the country.”

 

Senator Hassan is working across the aisle to support veterans, and recently helped secure key priorities for Granite State veterans in the bipartisan veterans package that was signed into law earlier this year, including the Deborah Sampson Act, which Senator Hassan joined in introducing to eliminate barriers to care and services that many women veterans face. The bipartisan package also included a number of other measures cosponsored by Senator Hassan, including supporting veterans experiencing homelessness, helping veterans safely dispose of unwanted medication, and helping address the high rate of unemployment among veterans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, last year Senator Hassan cosponsored bipartisan legislation, which is now law, to improve veterans’ access to mental health care in New Hampshire and across the country.

 

Earlier this week, Senator Hassan met with President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, and discussed with him a number of these issues.

 

In 2019, Senator Hassan participated in a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Belgium and Luxembourg to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. Senator Hassan’s father, Robert Wood, fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a member of the 76th Infantry Division. Senator Hassan also traveled as part of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation in June of 2019 to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces during World War II to honor those who served on that day.

 

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