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

Apr 18, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's appointment of Camilo Sandoval as acting VA Information Chief. Sandoval has been accused in a recent lawsuit of sexually harassing a colleague on the Trump presidential campaign.

Apr 2, 2018 Catching up with Annie

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Mar 29, 2018 Press Release

In observance of Women’s History Month, Congresswomen Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today introduced a resolution honoring the life and legacy of Anna Mae Hays, the first woman to achieve the rank of general in the United States military. Hays, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 97, served during three wars. Joining the Army Nurse Corps in May 1942, World War II brought Hays to Assam, India, where she saved lives by helping to amputate limbs inside operating rooms constructed from bamboo.

Mar 29, 2018 Press Release

(Concord, NH) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement on the firing of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin:

Mar 28, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement on President Trump's signing of the State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of which she was a co-sponsor. This bill would allow state veterans homes to provide qualifying veterans with quality in-home care services. 

Mar 26, 2018 Catching up with Annie

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Mar 23, 2018 Press Release

(Manchester, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, visited the Manchester VA Medical Center to inspect the construction taking place at the facility following severe flooding last July. Kuster also received an update on operations at the facility.

Mar 23, 2018 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, release the following statement on President Trump’s signing of a government funding bill that included priorities important to New Hampshire and championed by Kuster.

Mar 23, 2018 Event

(Manchester, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, visited the Manchester VA Medical Center to inspect the construction taking place at the facility following severe flooding last July. Kuster also received an update on operations at the facility.

Mar 16, 2018 Press Release

Kuster’s exchange with Dr. Clancy can be viewed HERE