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Congresswoman Shea-Porter Reintroduces the Veterans Health Equity Act

Washington, DC –  Yesterday, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter  reintroduced the Veterans Health Equity Act, to increase veterans’ access to health care in New Hampshire. This legislation requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that every state has a full-service veterans  hospital or that similar services are made available through contracts with hospitals in the state.  New Hampshire is currently the only state in the nation that does not have a full-service veterans hospital or equivalent access.  Although there have been many improvements since Congresswoman Shea-Porter introduced this bill in 2008—expanded mental health facilities at the VAMC Manchester, a fully staffed full-time Vets Center in Conway, and a partnership with Concord Hospital to expand access to in-state medical—further improvements are needed to expand access to in-state medical care for New Hampshire’s veterans.  This is a matter of fairness. 


Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter said, “I look forward to working with veterans and veteran service organizations to push for expanded health care and services.  Thanking veterans for their service means honoring our commitments to them.”





·        In the 110th Congress, Congresswoman Shea-Porter sent letters to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, James Peake, and met with him to discuss the need for full-service health care in New Hampshire. 


·        Congresswoman Shea-Porter introduced the Veterans Health Equity Act of 2008 (H.R. 6629) on July 29, 2008, to provide either a full-service veteran’s hospital or access to comparable services in-state for New Hampshire veterans. 


·        On September 9, 2008, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs reviewed Shea-Porter’s legislation, and she testified before the committee about the need to ensure in-state access to health care for our veterans. 


·        At the beginning of the 111th Congress, Congresswoman Shea-Porter reintroduced her legislation, the Veterans Health Equity Act of 2009 (H.R. 190), on January 9, 2009, to require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to restore the VA Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire to a full-service VA hospital or provide our veterans with comparable in-state care through local health care providers.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced the companion bill in the Senate on January 14, 2009.


·        In July of 2009, the VA announced that it would expand its community partnership with Concord Hospital, meaning that New Hampshire veterans have in-state access to acute inpatient hospital care from the VA.  The VA has also upgraded mental health facilities at the VAMC Manchester.


·        In 2010, the Conway Community Based Outpatient Clinic opened, operating five days a week, fully staffed by VA medical personnel. 



Concord, NH- New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald released the following statement today in observance of Veteran's Day.

"On this Veteran's Day, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and unwavering support to our men and women in uniform,  who have served our country, many of whom are still in active today. These brave men and women, in many cases, have made the ultimate sacrifice for the love of their country and to defend her honor and values. May God bless you and your families."

Carol Shea-Porter thanks veterans for their service

Rochester, NH- Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement:

Today, we pause again to thank our veterans. Throughout our history, America's small towns and large cities have brought forth men and women who answer their country's call.  I watched as my grandfathers' World War I generation marched in parades, and watched as my dad's World War II generation marched in parades, and then watched as our vets of the Korean War and Cold War joined them.  I watched as my husband's Vietnam era Vets lined up and the WWI group dropped away.  Now I watch as the Gulf War I vets and our newest Iraq and Afghanistan Vets show up to march, as the last of my dad's generation fade away.

Throughout it all, we have prayed for peace and prayed for the men and women who show up to preserve it or restore it.  Thank you to my husband, my dad, my grandfathers, and to all of the men and women who answered the call.  This Veterans Day, we gratefully remember those now gone, and honor those living, for their service to America.”


Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: A Special Veteran's Day Message 

A Special Veteran's Day Message

This Monday, we as a nation will pause to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to our country, our veterans. These brave men and women work selflessly to protect the freedoms we hold so dear. I strongly believe anytime we send American men and women to foreign lands to defend our freedom, it is our solemn obligation and country’s highest priority to provide them with the care they need when they return.

I believe a promise made is a promise kept. Our veterans began their military service by taking an oath, swearing they would “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” They fulfilled that promise with their service. Now that they have left the Armed Forces, it is our duty as American citizens to honor that service with our respect, appreciation and active support.

I encourage all of you to take a moment to remember those that are still serving overseas and to keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all of New Hampshire’s veterans, may God bless you and your families.


Guinta For Congress - Veterans send letter to Shea-Porter 

Asking: “Why is it that you, throughout the 4 years you represented New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, never held a job fair for Granite State veterans and military families?”

(Manchester – September 25, 2012)   Today, military veterans from across New Hampshire submitted a letter to former Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  The letter was in response to her negative and false attacks against Frank Guinta regarding his strong record in support of our veterans. 

It also highlights the veterans’ job fair he hosted to help put those who served back to work and asks the following question: Why is it that you, throughout the 4 years you represented New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, never held a job fair for Granite State veterans and military families?”

The full letter is attached with signatures from 38 New Hampshire veterans. They await her response.