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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

U.S. House Passes Shea-Porter-Cosponsored Bill to Better Serve Veterans

February 13, 2017
Press Release
Bipartisan WINGMAN Act to cut red tape, streamline constituent service for NH-01 veterans

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after the House passed the WINGMAN Act, legislation she co-introduced to make it easier for certified Congressional caseworkers to assist veterans.

“My office helps veterans access their earned benefits, and our experience confirms that we need to cut red tape at the VA—asking a veteran to wait around because of unnecessary bureaucratic paperwork is unacceptable,” said Shea-Porter. “I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for helping pass this bill to better serve our nation’s veterans.”

Shea-Porter’s office assists veterans and their families with services such as compensation and pension benefits, survivor benefits, medical treatment, life insurance, educational benefits, vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits. NH-01 veterans who need assistance can call 603-285-4300 to connect with the Congresswoman’s constituent services staff.

 

Background

Shea-Porter is honored to advocate for our nation’s veterans and works to ensure service members, veterans, and their families receive the benefits they’ve earned. Last month, she introduced the Veterans Health Equity Act, a bill to require the VA to expand services at the Manchester VA Medical Center or contract for care locally to ensure New Hampshire veterans have access to the same services available in all 49 other states.

In addition to the WINGMAN Act, Shea-Porter will tonight vote for two pieces of legislation to encourage private companies to hire veterans. The BRAVE Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide contracting preferences to companies that employ veterans. The HIRE Act would recognize employers that hire veterans by allowing them to place a “HIRE Vets Medallion” on their products.

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