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

Jul 21, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI) applauded this week’s passage of the Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employee Education Act (GOOD Act) in the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The GOOD Act, introduced by Kuster and Bergman, would address the provider shortage at the VA by establishing 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.

Jul 19, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on “catastrophic mechanical pipe failure” at Manchester VA Medical Center:

Jul 16, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) issued the following statement on the troubling reports of alleged mismanagement and poor quality of care at the Manchester VA Medical Center:

Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation to fund the United States’ national defense and security operations. The 2018 NDAA includes four amendments introduced by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) to improve the Department of Defense (DoD) response to opioid misuse, assist transitioning service members in receiving adequate care for addiction and chronic pain, address military sexual assault, and improve the Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) outdated electronic record system.

Jul 13, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement on the introduction of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, of which Kuster is co-sponsor:

Jul 10, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - Today, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Chairman Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), along with Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine), introduced bipartisan legislation to streamline VA’s processes for workforce acquisition.

Jul 5, 2017 Catching up with Annie

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Jun 23, 2017 Press Release

**Congresswoman Kuster’s provision will improve protections for whistleblowers within the VA**

**You can view Kuster’s remarks in support of her amendment from earlier this year HERE**

Jun 13, 2017 Press Release

**Congresswoman Kuster’s provision would improve protections for whistleblowers within the VA**

**You can view Kuster’s remarks in support of her amendment from earlier this year HERE**

 

Jun 8, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee: