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."
"The campaign of Democratic senate challenger Jeanne Shaheen, the former governor, said Sununu's efforts are coming too late. 'John Sununu has been in Congress for 12 years and we still don't have a full-service VA in New Hampshire and that has to change,' said spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield." (Adam D. Krauss, "Sununu Visits Local Health-Care Providers," Foster's Daily Democrat, 8/21/08)
New Hampshire Remains The Only State Without A Full-Service VA Hospital.
"Reddel made the prediction at an event in the Legislative Office Building, where a two-year legislative commission presented its report on PTSD and TBI in service members and veterans in New Hampshire. The report drew on surveys completed by 1,170 NH veterans, members of the NH Psychological Association and 80 military and civilian agency providers. The commission was chaired by Jo Moncher, who heads the Military Programs unit in the Department of Health and Human Services, which commissioner Nick Toumpas said is unique... Moncher said there are an estimated 115,000 veterans in the state, the fifth-highest percapita veteran population in the country. But she said New Hampshire does not have an active-duty military installation and is the only state without a full-service Veterans Administration Hospital." (Staff Report, "NH Panel Says Soldiers' PTSD Deserves More Care, Attention," The Union Leader, 1/16/14)
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.
"In the meantime, the VA renewed a five-year contract with Concord Hospital to provide acute care for veterans. Depending on the need, some patients are treated at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, according to Tammy Krueger, acting director of the Manchester VA Medical Center. Krueger estimated about 75 percent of New Hampshire veterans seeking assistance receive care in the state." (John Quinn, "Veterans Push For Better Medical Services," The Union Leader, 7/18/13)