When U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan read the recent announcement of a task force to improve veterans’ health care in New Hampshire, one line stood out: “The task force will develop a future vision of what VA must do to best meet the needs of New Hampshire’s Veterans.”
Hassan, a Democrat, contrasts that sentence with the words of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who in August said that the Manchester VA Medical Center “is not a full-service organization, and that is what New Hampshire needs,” and that the task force would develop a plan to provide “full services.”
“In what we’ve seen since Secretary Shulkin’s visit, the Veterans Affairs is already seeming to move away from the strong ‘full-services’ language that Secretary Shulkin used,” Hassan said at a House subcommittee hearing last week. Continue Reading Article: www.pressherald.com
It appears Sec Shulkin maybe backing away from his assessment that New Hampshire needs a “full service” organization. New Hampshire has the fifth-highest ratio of veterans in the country, with 115,000 people who make up nearly 11 percent of the population.