Shaheen Statement on Final VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force Recommendations

June 14, 2018

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to the VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force’s final report, which includes recommendations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to deliver high-quality healthcare, and a full range of services to Granite State veterans. 

“I appreciate the Task Force’s efforts and thoughtful consideration of the best path forward to ensure our veterans have the best quality care available, and I believe these recommendations present a unique opportunity for Manchester to create a new model that serves as an example for communities across the country to deliver a full range of services to our veterans,” said Shaheen. “Though it does not include a full-service hospital, this Manchester model of care includes creative solutions that focus on patient-centered care, embrace preventative measures to avert substance misuse and also make much-needed reforms to improve the culture and leadership at the Manchester VA. Our veterans face enough obstacles when they come home – access to the medical assistance they’ve earned and deserve shouldn’t be one of them. I encourage Acting VA Secretary O’Rourke to move expeditiously and work with the Manchester VA to make the necessary changes to improve administrative accountability and care for our veterans in New Hampshire.”

The VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force’s final report includes a number of unique recommendations to ensure a full range of services for New Hampshire veterans, including a new ambulatory surgical center and a center of excellence, which would help produce innovative and specialized assistance services for veterans.

The final report can be read in full here.