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

May 21, 2018 Press Release

(Nashua, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Nashua YMCA and Manchester VAMC leadership for the ribbon cutting celebration of the Nashua YMCA and Manchester VAMC collaboration to expand wellness offerings to Granite State veterans.  The partnership between the Manchester VAMC and Greater Nashua YMCA came about after the Manchester VAMC received a Whole Health Program Grant through the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.

May 21, 2018 Event

(Nashua, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Nashua YMCA and Manchester VAMC leadership for the ribbon cutting celebration of the Nashua YMCA and Manchester VAMC collaboration to expand wellness offerings to Granite State veterans.  The partnership between the Manchester VAMC and Greater Nashua YMCA came about after the Manchester VAMC received a Whole Health Program Grant through the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.

May 21, 2018 Catching up with Annie

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May 18, 2018 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 the finalization of a contract between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cerner to replace the VA’s outdated electronic health records (EHR) system. Kuster wrote to the Acting Secretary of the U.S.

May 16, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Kuster Speaking on the House floor in Support of the VA MISSION Act

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May 14, 2018 Press Release

**Bipartisan legislation will reauthorize and reform the VA Choice Program**

**Includes strengthened language to support New Hampshire veterans**

May 4, 2018 Catching up with Annie

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May 2, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member Julia Brownley (D-CA) requested that the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Inspector General investigate continued delays in finalizing a contract to implement a new VA electronic health record (EHR) system.

Apr 18, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's appointment of Camilo Sandoval as acting VA Information Chief. Sandoval has been accused in a recent lawsuit of sexually harassing a colleague on the Trump presidential campaign.

Apr 2, 2018 Catching up with Annie

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