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.
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(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) co-introduced H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. This legislation would expand veterans benefits for 90,000 Navy veterans who served in the coastal waters of Vietnam and are impacted by toxic exposure as a result of their service.
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(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, questioned Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie about a recent GAO report that found a dramatic decline in spending on outreach to veterans about suicide prevention programs. The VA estimates that 20 veterans commit suicide every day.
NASHUA, N.H. —
For the sixth year in a row, some Granite State students are making sure our veterans are not forgotten this holiday season.
Students at New Searles Elementary School in Nashua spent part of their Monday making holiday cards as part of the Holiday Cards for Heroes Drive.
U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster will deliver the letters to the Manchester VA Medical Center and the state veterans' home in Tilton.
(Washington, DC) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that she has nominated 26 New Hampshire students for admission to four United States Service Academies. Of the 26 students, eight were nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, seven to the U.S. Military Academy, ten to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and one to the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy.
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(Washington, DC) –Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and the top Democrat on the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, is demanding Under Secretary for Benefits Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. outline how the VA will address the failure to properly administer GI Bill benefits to veterans.