Bill Includes the Deborah Sampson Act that Senators Hassan and Shaheen Helped Introduce to Support Women Veterans
WASHINGTON – The President signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen with a number of key priorities that they advocated for to support Granite State veterans.
The package includes the Deborah Sampson Act that Senators Hassan and Shaheen joined in introducing that would eliminate barriers to care and services that many women veterans face and would help ensure that the VA can address the needs of women veterans. Senator Hassan has long advocated for this bill, and previously joined Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and women veterans in Manchester to highlight its importance.
The bipartisan package also includes a bill that Senators Hassan and Shaheen helped introduce to support veterans experiencing homelessness. In addition, the package includes bills Senator Hassan cosponsored to help address the high rate of unemployment among veterans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, support the health of women veterans, better assess possible health conditions linked to service members' exposure to toxic substances in Uzbekistan, and help veterans safely dispose of unwanted medication.
“This bipartisan package will strengthen our efforts to get all veterans the quality health care, job opportunities, and services that they deserve and have earned,” said Senator Hassan. “This new law addresses some of the key challenges that I have heard from veterans and veterans advocates in New Hampshire; in particular, it will substantially strengthen care for women veterans through the Deborah Sampson Act that I have long advocated for. I look forward to this law being implemented and I will continue to work on a bipartisan basis to support veterans in New Hampshire and across the country.”
“Each day, our men and women in uniform risk their lives to protect our nation from harm. We have an obligation to use every tool available to assist them when they come home, especially now as we continue to grapple with the tremendous economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis that threatens veterans’ stability and well-being. That is precisely what this legislation will help do,” said Senator Shaheen. “This package of legislation will support efforts to combat homelessness, address unemployment and implement overdue reforms to tear down barriers to care impacting women veterans. I’m very pleased this bill is now law and urge the administration to move swiftly and begin implementation – there is no time to waste to help our veterans.”
The bipartisan package includes the following key priorities for New Hampshire veterans that Senators Hassan and Shaheen helped to secure: