Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Supporting Veterans, Military Families, and National Security

As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and daughter and daughter-in-law of WWII veterans, I am proud to advocate for the courageous veterans, service members, and military families who have sacrificed so much for our country. We have a fundamental responsibility to strengthen health care benefits, cut bureaucratic red tape, expand job opportunities, and properly honor the dedicated men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States. 

As a nation, we have the duty to serve our nation’s veterans as well as they have served us, which is why I am taking the following actions:

  • Helping Veterans Secure Employment: I helped introduce the Troop Talent Act (H.R. 1796), legislation that would improve the alignment of specialty skills acquired in the military with civilian certifications or licenses required for post-service employment, expands existing efforts to meet current workforce demands, and implements quality assurance measures to ensure credentials translate into the private sector. In addition, I helped introduce the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act (H.R. 1382), which would encourage the hiring of veterans to support businesses that employ them.
     
  • Ending Military Sexual Trauma and Assault.  In May of 2013, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a report which found that the number of service members anonymously reporting sexual assaults increased by more than 30% over the past two years.  To combat this threat to our service members, I was proud to lead a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling for a hearing on the VA’s efforts to meet the needs of veteran survivors of military sexual trauma, and in July of 2013 this request was granted.  I also cosponsored the SUPPORT Act (H.R. 2026), bipartisan legislation that would improve support for survivors of military sexual assault and confront issues surrounding it head-on, like retaliation and the stigma surrounding male victimization. I am also a cosponsor of the Stopping Exploitation of Power Act (H.R. 4864), which would address situations where someone uses their position, rank, or authority to coerce another person in a sexual assault.
     
  • Eliminating the Veterans Benefits Backlog.  As part of my commitment to serving our nation’s veterans, I joined a group of lawmakers on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee in proposing a coordinated legislative package to help the VA address the shameful backlog of benefit claims.  In 2015, I helped introduce the Veterans Benefits Claims Filing Act of 2015; legislation that would provide veterans accurate information about faster filing options and encourage them to submit Fully Developed Claims (FDCs) to help the VA process quicker. The bill would also require the VA to measure and compare the average turnaround times for five types of filing options each quarter.  

To better serve our nation’s veterans, service members, and military families, I am a member of the Military Families Caucus, the Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, the Veterans Jobs Caucus, the USO Congressional Caucus, and the United Service Organization Caucus.

More on Supporting Veterans, Military Families, and National Security

Feb 17, 2017 Event

In letter to Shulkin, Reps. Bergman and Kuster highlight concerns with outdated existing health records system

Feb 17, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today the heads of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Chairman Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Ranking Member Annie Kuster (NH-02), are calling on the Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin to adopt a new commercial record system for America’s veterans rather than update a woefully outdated and inefficient system. For nearly two decades, the VA has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in a failed attempt to update its system without support from the private sector. Instead, Bergman and Kuster request that Mr.

Jan 31, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) was re-elected as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations by the Democratic Members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Kuster released the following statement on her re-election:

Jan 31, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) has joined more than one hundred and fifty of her colleagues in pursuing legislation that would defund President Trump’s executive order barring admittance of refugees seeking entry to the United States. The Statue of Liberty Values (SOLVE) Act of 2017 would prohibit the use of federal funds to enforce President Trump’s executive order. Over the weekend, Trump Advisor Rudy Giuliani said that President Trump had sought a way to enact a “Muslim ban” “legally”. 

Jan 31, 2017 Event

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) has joined more than one hundred and fifty of her colleagues in pursuing legislation that would defund President Trump’s executive order barring admittance of refugees seeking entry to the United States. The Statue of Liberty Values (SOLVE) Act of 2017 would prohibit the use of federal funds to enforce President Trump’s executive order. Over the weekend, Trump Advisor Rudy Giuliani said that President Trump had sought a way to enact a “Muslim ban” “legally”. 

Jan 31, 2017 Event

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) was re-elected as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations by the Democratic Members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Kuster released the following statement on her re-election:

Jan 26, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has joined more than 50 of her congressional colleagues in calling on President Trump to exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from his hiring freeze on federal civilian employees. The members expressed their deep concern that a hiring freeze at the VA would negatively impact veterans and their families.

Jan 26, 2017 Event

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has joined more than 50 of her congressional colleagues in calling on President Trump to exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from his hiring freeze on federal civilian employees. The members expressed their deep concern that a hiring freeze at the VA would negatively impact veterans and their families.

Jan 11, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the nomination by President-elect Trump of David Shulkin to serve as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kuster serves as a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and is the lead Democrat on the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee.

Jan 11, 2017 Event

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the nomination by President-elect Trump of David Shulkin to serve as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kuster serves as a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and is the lead Democrat on the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee.