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

Sep 18, 2017 Event

The Entire Field Hearing can be viewed here.

(Pembroke, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, convened a field hearing at the NH National Guard Edward Cross Training Complex in Pembroke to assess care issues for veterans at the Manchester VA Medical Center.

Sep 18, 2017 Press Release

(Pembroke, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, convened a field hearing at the NH National Guard Edward Cross Training Complex in Pembroke to assess care issues for veterans at the Manchester VA Medical Center.

During the hearing, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI), Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, and Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) questioned:

Sep 14, 2017 Press Release

On Monday, September 18th at 10:30 AM at the NH National Guard Edward Cross Training Complex in Pembroke, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Oversight and Investigations (O&I) Subcommittee, will convene a field hearing assessing care issues for veterans at the Manchester, VA Medical Center.

Sep 11, 2017 Press Release

(Bethesda, MD) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited the Walter Reed Veterans National Military Medical Center on the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Kuster also toured the Center’s National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NiCOE), the Military Advanced Training Center, and the John P. Murtha Cancer Center.

Sep 7, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released the following statement on a report detailing issues with care for stroke victims at the Manchester VA Medical Center:

Aug 30, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) –Today, House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Ranking Committee member Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statements following a Field Hearing on VA Telehealth.

Aug 30, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Congressman John Faso (NY-19) introduced the Veterans and Beginning Farmers Assistance Act, bipartisan legislation which reauthorizes the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas program (ATTRA). This grant program, which is set to expire next year, helps veterans returning from war transition to civilian life by way of farming.

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.