New Hampshire Congressional Delegation Applauds Decision by VA to Improve Facilities for Women Veterans at Manchester VAMC
(Washington, DC) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), are applauding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ approval of plans unveiled by Manchester VA Medical Center Acting Director Alfred Montoya to improve the center’s facilities for women veterans, which were damaged during a catastrophic flood at the center in July. Earlier this month, the delegation wrote to Director Montoya and requested that the rebuilding period following the flood be focused on making sure women veterans—some of whom are survivors of military sexual trauma (MST)—are able to receive care in a safe, appropriate setting. The Delegation released the following joint statement:
“Veterans at Manchester and throughout our state deserve accessible, quality care, and ensuring that women veterans have the services they need is an important part of that commitment. The decision by the VA to approve Director Montoya’s plans to improve facilities for women veterans at the Manchester VAMC is encouraging. The entire delegation stands ready to work with the VA as it assesses necessary changes at Manchester VAMC and what next steps are needed to address challenges in access to care for all veterans.”
Montoya’s improvement plans for the women’s clinic honor the delegation’s request that the clinic be moved from the sixth floor to the first floor and given a separate entrance from the outside. The delegation made these requests following a report by New Hampshire Public Radio which detailed the concerns women veterans with military sexual trauma have with the current clinic.