Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Area Vice Chairman and United States Air Force Veteran Jim Coburn released the following statement on Senator Shaheen's new television ad on veteran's issues. In 2008, then-candidate Shaheen attacked Senator John Sununu for not bringing a full-service VA hospital to New Hampshire after he announced that Berlin had been approved for a new vet center. Six years later, Shaheen has been unable to bring a full service VA hospital to New Hampshire.
"Like so many other Washington politicians, Jeanne Shaheen has broken her word to the veterans of New Hampshire. When she was running for Senate, she promised todeliver a full-service Veterans Affairs Hospital to the Granite State. Six years later, Shaheen has failed to keep her word and this pledge has gone unfulfilled. Our military men and women put everything on the line for us, and they deserve representatives who will deliver on their promises and not just use them for talking points and sound bites to get elected."
In 2007, Then-Senator Sununu Announced That Berlin Had Been Approved For A New Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) "Vet Center" (Press Release, Gregg, Sununu Announce Veterans Center To Open In Berlin, 2/7/2007)
But That Didn't Stop Shaheen's Campaign From Criticizing Sununu For Not Bringing A Full-Service VA Hospital To New Hampshire, And Saying "That Has To Change."
In July 2013, The Director Of The Manchester VA Medical Center Estimated 25 Percent Of New Hampshire Veterans Seeking Assistance Receive Care Out Of State.