Kuster Votes to Increase Access to VA Care for Women Veterans
Washington, DC – Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in favor of H.R. 3224, the Deborah Sampson Act, which would increase access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care for women veterans. The resolution, which passed the House last night, requires the VA secretary to ensure that gender specific services are continuously available at every VA medical center and community based outpatient clinic.
“Women veterans deserve the same access to quality health care that male veterans deserve, yet we know that health services specifically for women are not prioritized as much as they should be at the VA,” said Kuster. “This resolution will make it easier for women veterans to get the care they need, sending a clear message that the military service of women is as highly regarded and valued as the service of men. I urge the Senate to swiftly pass this commonsense measure and I will continue working to ensure every man and woman in uniform has access to the support services they deserve.”
Kuster served on the House Veterans Affairs Committee for six years and has focused on working across the aisle to improve access to care and support for veterans in New Hampshire and across the country. She joined the rest of the New Hampshire delegation in requesting that the VA improve facilities for women veterans who receive care at the Manchester VA Medical Center. Kuster also co-led the Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act last year.