Veterans Day is an important time to reflect on the tremendous sacrifices that generations of military men and women have made for New Hampshire and our nation. It’s also a time to recommit ourselves to ensuring that our nation fulfills its promise to care for those who served and sacrificed so much for us.
Part of that commitment is making sure veterans have access to the health care and benefits they have rightfully earned. Coming from a military family, that commitment is deeply personal to me.
In the past few years, we have made important progress toward this goal. We passed bipartisan legislation to reform the Veterans Administration, and I worked with Senator Jeanne Shaheen to include language that allows New Hampshire veterans to receive care from non-VA providers. We improved oversight of the VA, and after we ramped up public pressure the White House finally nominated a permanent VA Inspector General. Earlier this year, the president signed into law a bill that I was proud to cosponsor that improves mental health care for our veterans and better informs veterans in crisis of the help that’s available.
But there is still more work to be done. The implementation of the Veterans Choice Card Program has been rocky, and we’ve got to make sure the VA implements this program the way Congress intended so that our veterans can receive quality, timely care closer to home. We also must continue efforts to increase accountability and efficiency at the VA, including my efforts to give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs more authority to address misconduct by VA employees.
This Veterans Day, let us renew our nation’s promise to support the courageous men and women who have put their lives on the line to defend our freedom. As your Senator, I will continue to fight every single day to make sure that our veterans receive the care and support they have rightfully earned and deserve.
Thank you to all our veterans,