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

Jun 15, 2018 Catching up with Annie

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Jun 14, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, today released the following statement on the VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force report:

Jun 7, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH) sent the following letter to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman (R-MI) urging him to immediately schedule an oversight hearing to investigate the high rates of sexual harassment currently taking place at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Jun 6, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, joined members of the VA Committee at the White House for the signing of the VA MISSION Act by President Trump.

Jun 5, 2018 Press Release

(Manchester, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, visited the Manchester VA Medical Center and met with Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke to discuss care for New Hampshire veterans and reforms in the New England Veterans Health Care Network, commonly referred to as VISN 1.

Jun 5, 2018 Event

(Manchester, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, visited the Manchester VA Medical Center and met with Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke to discuss care for New Hampshire veterans and reforms in the New England Veterans Health Care Network, commonly referred to as VISN 1.

May 29, 2018 Catching up with Annie

Speaking at the Concord Memorial Day Ceremony

May 24, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Mia Love (R-UT), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) applauded the passage of a key provision from their legislation to protect military survivors of sexual assault as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

May 21, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – This evening, the House of Representatives advanced several pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, that will improve care and services for veterans.

May 21, 2018 Press Release

(Nashua, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Nashua YMCA and Manchester VAMC leadership for the ribbon cutting celebration of the Nashua YMCA and Manchester VAMC collaboration to expand wellness offerings to Granite State veterans.  The partnership between the Manchester VAMC and Greater Nashua YMCA came about after the Manchester VAMC received a Whole Health Program Grant through the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.