In New Hampshire, chances are you run into a veteran every day, as we have one of the highest populations of veterans in the United States. We must do everything in our power to ensure that our commitment to them does not end with their term of commitment to the U.S. Military.
Unfortunately, New Hampshire is the only state in the nation that does not have a full-service VA or Tricare full-service hospital. As a Member of Congress, I introduced legislation to correct this inadequacy so our veterans would not be forced to travel to Massachusetts to receive the care they were promised when they swore their oath.
Additionally, I previously worked to reduce veteran homelessness within the District and hosted a job fair directed toward unemployed or underemployed military veterans.
In Congress, I sponsored legislation that President Obama ultimately signed into law to care for the final resting place of thousands of American veterans. The Clarke Veterans Cemetery had earned the title “The Cemetery America Forgot” after having fallen into such disrepair that the story had been picked up internationally. Feeling that that was no way to treat our veterans I wrote legislation to place this Cemetery under the auspices of the American Battlefields Monuments Commission. Our nation’s heroes are now cared for in perpetuity.
From a full-service VA to pay increases, to armor and equipment overseas, ensuring that our soldiers who are on deployment or transitioning back into civilian life have the greatest care this country has to offer is one of my top priorities.