Supporting Veterans, Military Families, and National Security

Reps. Kuster, Van Taylor, Jimmy Panetta Urge NPRC to Resume Processing Military Personnel Records

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Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) is calling on the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) to implement new policies so that they may resume processing military personnel, health, and medical records requests and address the growing backlog of requests due to the closure of the facility amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan letter also underscores all Agency policy changes... Read more »

Shaheen Leads NH Delegation in Call to Trump Administration to Authorize Extension & Full Funding for National Guard’s COVID-19 Response

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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter this week with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) to Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller requesting he extend the authorization and cover 100 percent of the costs for the New Hampshire National Guard (NHNG... Read more »

Kuster Statement Ahead of Veterans Day

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“On Veterans Day, we join together as a nation to express our profound gratitude to our veterans, active-duty service members, and military families for their tremendous service and sacrifice for our country,” said Kuster. “I am committed to ensuring those who have served our nation in uniform have the resources and support they need and deserve when they return to civilian life. Through my work i... Read more »

Kuster Legislation to Protect Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Signed into Law

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Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) issued the following statement after President Trump signed her legislation, the Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2019, into law. This law requires businesses participating in the Vets First Program to verify that they are doing the required percentage of work and directs the VA to refer suspected violators to the Office of the Inspector Gener... Read more »

Kuster Leads Efforts to Streamline and Improve Supply Chain to VA Hospitals

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Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report outlining recommendations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fix problems with its program intended to provide VA medical centers with medical and surgical supplies. In 2018, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) led the effort to have GAO provide specific recommendations on how VA Medical Centers can better obtain the medical ... Read more »

Kuster-Backed Legislation to Improve Veteran Health Care Passes House

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This week, multiple pieces of legislation backed by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) to improve access to health care for Granite State veterans passed the House of Representatives. Kuster was a co-sponsor of the VA Mission Telehealth Clarification Act, which would improve and expand access to telehealth services for veterans. She also backed the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act to... Read more »

Looking Forward

| Posted in Catching Up with Annie

Dear Friend, Last week, our nation lost the Conscience of the Congress, a fearless civil rights icon, and a great man: Congressman John Lewis. America is a better place because of John Lewis and his fearless dedication to freedom and justice, no matter the cost. Even in his final weeks, John Lewis joined peaceful protesters to stand up against injustice – always teaching us and showing us what goo... Read more »

Kuster Joins House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for Hearing on Ending Sexual Harassment at the VA

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**Kuster joins hearing after GAO report requested by Kuster finds alarming rates of sexual harassment at the Department of Veterans Affairs** **Last week, following the GAO report’s release, Rep. Kuster joined a bipartisan group of Members in calling on VA Sec. Wilkie to enact the recommendations made by GAO to address sexual harassment within the VA** Watch Kuster’s lines of questioning here and ... Read more »

House Passes Defense Authorization Including Kuster Amendment to Reopen Hanover, NH Child Care Facility Scheduled to Close

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Today, the House of Representatives passed the William (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains multiple provisions that Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) helped advance, including reopening the child care facility at the Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, investigating the causes of high unemployment rates for post-9/11 women veterans, and improvi... Read more »

ICYMI: Kuster and Colleagues to VA: “Take Necessary Action to Prevent Sexual Harassment within the Department”

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On Wednesday, following the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled “Sexual Harassment: Inconsistent and Incomplete Policies and Information Hinder VA’s Efforts to Protect Employees,” Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) joined House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) in sending a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secr... Read more »