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

Aug 14, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is calling on the President to swiftly sign the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which passed the House of Representatives in a pro forma session last week. Kuster is an original co-sponsor of the legislation, which would improve the Department of Veterans Affairs’ disability claims appeals process.

Aug 14, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, welcomed the signing of the bipartisan compromise to reauthorize the Veterans Choice Program into law over the weekend. The reauthorization includes a provision authored by Kuster, which will help improve veterans’ access to quality care by making the Department of Veterans Affairs more competitive when hiring physician assistants.

Aug 10, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) is today reaffirming her support for a peaceful solution to the escalating tension on the Korean peninsula.

Aug 7, 2017 Catching up with Annie

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Last week, we learned that in a conversation with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, President Trump said that he won New Hampshire because “New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”

Aug 4, 2017 Event

(Manchester, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, released the following statement after meeting with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and the members of New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation. The meeting focused on allegations of quality of care issues at Manchester VA Medical Center that were brought to light by a group of physician whistleblowers.

Aug 4, 2017 Press Release

(Manchester, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, released the following statement after meeting with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and the members of New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation. The meeting focused on allegations of quality of care issues at Manchester VA Medical Center that were brought to light by a group of physician whistleblowers.

Aug 1, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) –Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the lead Democrat on the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, announced today that she will convene a field hearing of the Subcommittee in New Hampshire to examine reports of quality of care issues at the Manchester VA Medical Center. Kuster will be joined by the Chairman of the Subcommittee, Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01). The field hearing will examine quality of care issues at Manchester VAMC as well as challenges in access to care for New Hampshire veterans.

Jul 28, 2017 Catching up with Annie

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Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today voted to pass a bipartisan compromise to reauthorize the Choice Program. The new reauthorization was negotiated by the House and Senate VA Committees after opposition to a reauthorization bill earlier this week, which failed to bolster services for veterans and received strong opposition from Veterans Service Organizations.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – This morning the House of Representatives passed the Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employee Education Act (GOOD Act), authored by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI), which would address the provider shortage at the VA. The GOOD Act would establish a pilot program that awards educational assistance to veterans with medical military training who will be placed as physician assistants in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) that are designated of highest need.