Veterans certainly deserve to be thanked for their service. But we need to do more than that. We also owe them the benefits they have earned.

 Veterans have spent significant time away from their families and friends. They have missed the everyday routine of their workplaces and their communities,  and special events such as births and funerals, weddings and graduations. They have missed the comforts of home and the support of loved ones. Too often, veterans face further difficulties when they return home. Some battle Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, or other challenges, such as exposure to toxic chemicals. They deserve their benefits and the best medical care.

New Hampshire’s veterans live in the only state without a full-service hospital or access to similar services at a military facility. That is why Naomi will re-introduce Carol Shea-Porter’s legislation, the Veterans Health Equity Act, 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. Naomi will continue to fight for equal care for New Hampshire’s veterans.

Naomi Andrews