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Letter: Kuster cares about veterans


Monday, November 05, 2018

When I go into a store that offers a discount to our military, I get thanked for my service. As a retiree, I am offered these discounts. I appreciate the thanks, and the discounts. But what would make me even happier would be if there were no Wounded Warrior Project – so long as it no longer existed because it didn’t need to exist.

Let that sink in.

In the 48 years since I joined the Air Force, survival rates have increased and fewer benefits have been offered by the government who sent these folks into harm’s way. I lay the blame on both sides of the aisle.

I’ve spoken personally about this with Annie Kuster, and she agrees. More importantly, she has worked in Congress to fix veterans’ benefits. Annie co-sponsored expanded access to health care for veterans in New Hampshire. Her act reauthorizes the VA Choice Program, enhances community care programs and expands access to community care for veterans through a specific provision she advocated. Her provision expands access to the VA Choice Program so veterans can get care outside the VA if they desire.

Annie has consistently held senior VA leadership accountable for failures in care for veterans and initiated an investigation into stroke care at the Manchester VA to identify what was going wrong at the facility and get it fixed.

Do more than thank a veteran for his or her service. Vote for someone who cares like you do – vote for Annie Kuster.

PAUL J. KNUDSEN

Henniker