TILTON - As part of the ongoing "Honoring Our Veterans" tour, Scott Brown today visited the New Hampshire Veterans Home to discuss his newly released veterans policy initiatives with Commandant Peggy LaBrecque and members of their leadership team. Brown also awarded LaBrecque with a Women for Brown "Hero" Award for her hardwork and leadership at the Veterans Home over the past nine years.
“I commend the impeccable work of this leadership team as they strive to provide the best health care services for our veterans and their families," said Brown. "As your senator, I will work hard to restore accountability and improve leadership, helping facilities like the Veterans Home support more veterans in our state. It is also my privilege to award Peggy with a 'Hero' award for her impressive efforts to touch so many lives and improve the veterans' community."
The New Hampshire Veterans Home is the only long-term care facility in the state solely focused on the veterans’ community. The facility opened 125 years ago and currently houses roughly 200 men and women veterans. Peggy LaBrecque was appointed commandant in January of 2013, and is the first female commandant in the history of the Veterans Home. Over the years, she has focused on personalizing patient care for our veterans and their families to improve their quality of life. Throughout the campaign, Brown has awarded "Hero" awards to individuals demonstrating outstanding efforts to serve our community and make a difference for our families under tough economic circumstances.
This week, Brown has also held a veterans town hall meeting at the Merrimack and has made several stops to meet with veterans. His policy calls for the permanent reauthorization of the Hire A Hero Act, a law Brown co-sponsored to provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans. It also includes legislative initiatives to eliminate VA executive bonuses, reduce patient wait time for medical appointments and provide better employment opportunities for veterans returning home.