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Issue Position: Veterans & Servicemembers

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As the daughter and daughter-in-law of World War II veterans, Ann McLane Kuster feels strongly that we need to remember and honor the many debts we owe to the men and women who have served our country. Her father-in-law spent his final years in the compassionate care of the Veteran's Home in Tilton.

Annie believes in the sacred trust we have to our veterans and active-duty service members and will follow through on that commitment by ensuring that both have access to the best equipment, the finest care and the strongest benefits we can provide.

Along those lines, Annie will fight to bring a full service Veterans' Administration Medical Center to New Hampshire. Annie Kuster also supports the expansion of a community partnership between the VA and Concord Hospital, and will work to look for similar opportunities statewide.

In Congress, Annie would proudly vote for pay raises for individuals serving in the armed forces.

Annie would also support the veterans legislation that:

* Provides additional support for the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Hundreds of thousands of veterans are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries -- more than ever before. Annie believes that more can be done to ensure that veterans suffering from these conditions have access to the care they need.

* Ensures that female veterans have comparable access to Veterans' Administration services. Women make up more that 10% of active duty military today and we need to do more to ensure that the VA adapts traditional programs and creates specialized programs to meet their unique medical needs.

* Increases support for homeless & unemployed veterans through the Veterans' Administration. The VA estimates that over 100,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and, as of March 2010, nearly 15% of all young Iraq & Afghanistan veterans were unemployed. More needs to be done to ensure that everyone who has served our country has a safe place to stay and a job that honors their service.


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