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

May 19, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) attended a classified briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the circumstances of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller III as special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election:

May 17, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, joined Congressman Tim Walz (MN-01) and a bipartisan group of her colleagues to introduce the National Purple Heart Recognition Day Resolution, which supports the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day. This resolution recognizes the sacrifices of servicemembers who have received the Purple Heart and honors their incredible service on behalf of the United States. The resolution would designate August 7th National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) applauded passage of her legislation, the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act, in the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The legislation will next go to the full House of Representatives for Consideration.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) will sign a discharge petition to force a vote on bipartisan legislation, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. This legislation, of which Kuster is a co-sponsor, would create a 12-member, bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Kuster has repeatedly called for an independent investigation into potential collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia.

May 16, 2017 Press Release

(Manchester, NH) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, visited the Manchester VA Medical Center to meet with local and regional managers following the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) recent report on issues regarding the inventory system, unsterile conditions in storage facilities, recalled supplies, and other challenges at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC.

May 16, 2017 Event

(Manchester, NH) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, visited the Manchester VA Medical Center to meet with local and regional managers following the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) recent report on issues regarding the inventory system, unsterile conditions in storage facilities, recalled supplies, and other challenges at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC.

May 15, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on National Police Week:

May 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH), House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN), and House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Vice Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-CA) released the following statement after they led a group of Democratic lawmakers on an oversight trip to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence and a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, met with Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, as part of a meeting between Shulkin and the bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus.