Shaheen Statement Following Meetings with Secretary Shulkin at the Manchester VA

August 04, 2017

**Shaheen Praises Shulkin’s Commitment to Provide New Funding for a Coordinated Care Center, Repair Water Damage and Establish Task Force to Examine Providing the Full Range of VA Care to New Hampshire Veterans**

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after meeting with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, staff at the Manchester VA, and veterans who receive care at the Manchester VA:

“While many veterans receive quality care from the Manchester VA, there’s much work to be done to ensure accountability for substandard services,” said Shaheen. “I applaud the courageous whistleblowers who bravely spoke out on behalf of patients at the Manchester VA and am glad they had the opportunity to speak directly with Secretary Shulkin. It’s so important that the VA rebuild trust with the veteran community by consistently delivering the quality care they deserve in a timely fashion. Secretary Shulkin’s presence today, and his attentiveness to care delivery issues at the Manchester VA, gives me hope that the VA will address any shortfalls at this facility. New funding for a coordinated care center is a very positive step in the right direction. And I’m very pleased that funding to repair water damage is being quickly provided. I also appreciate Secretary Shulkin’s commitment to establish a task force that will examine providing New Hampshire’s veterans with the full range of care services. All of New Hampshire’s veterans deserve high quality, convenient, accessible health care and I will continue to work with Secretary Shulkin, the VA and the delegation until we achieve that goal. ”