Veterans Affairs

As the daughter, spouse, and sister of veterans, Congresswoman Maloney honors the millions of veterans who live across the country and in New York for their service and sacrifice. Throughout her time in Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has fought to ensure that our returning heroes receive the care and services they deserve.

In New York, Congresswoman Maloney’s office has a dedicated staff member for veterans issues, and if you or someone you know has an issue with a VA claim or requires assistance, please visit this page for more information.

Protect Healthcare for Veterans: For years Congresswoman Maloney has fought efforts by the CARES Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the level and quality of services offered by the Manhattan VA Hospital. The CARES Commission was established to evaluate the existing VA facilities across the country to determine if resources are being used most effectively. However, by closing hospitals and limiting access to health care, America fails in our promise to stand up for the military men and women who have stood up for us. With thousands of veterans waiting six months or more for an appointment at VA medical facilities, the Congresswoman strongly believes that closing or reducing services at VA hospitals is the wrong decision. 

Maintaining an Effective VA: The Department of Veterans Affairs provides many vital resources to veterans in this country. Congresswoman Maloney believes Congress must play an active role in ensuring the VA is managed effectively so that all veterans have access to the services they deserve.

Access to Affordable Housing: Congresswoman Maloney is an ardent supporter of affordable housing opportunities for all Americans, especially the veterans who have dedicated their lives to protecting this country. She has worked hard in Congress to extend the VA Home Loan program in order to provide veterans in New York with more opportunities to purchase homes they can afford.

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  • Rebuilding Manhattan VA Hospital: The 23rd Street Manhattan VA Hospital evacuated about 130 patients in the days leading up to the landfall of Superstorm Sandy. The hospital incurred severe flooding damage during the storm, affecting 150,000 square feet of area and destroying electrical, heating, fire protection, water pumping, medical and technological equipment, much of which was located on ground floors. Congresswoman Maloney supported the Sandy Relief package, including $207 million in federal relief aid used to rebuild the Manhattan VA Hospital. The money contributed to building a flood wall for the facility, relocating equipment to higher floors, rebuilding clinics that were destroyed on the ground level to higher floors and making ground floor repairs.  

  • Expanding Housing Opportunities for Veterans: In 2006 Congress passed the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act. This law contains a VA loan program that allows veterans to buy homes with no down payment and limited closing costs, as well as negotiable interest rates and flexible repayment plans. The issue is that the program does not apply to co-op apartments which are so common among New York City residents. Congresswoman Maloney, along with Sen. Schumer, has introduced the Fair Access to Co-ops for Veterans Act to remediate this problem. Extending these generous loan benefits to the purchasers of co-op apartments would be a boon for New York veterans.

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More on Veterans Affairs

Nov 10, 2016 Press Release

In honor of Veterans Day 2016, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement:

“Today we honor our men and women in uniform and the sacrifices they have made in defense of our freedom and American values. As the daughter, widow, and sister of veterans, I am reminded every day of our sacred responsibility to care for and serve those who have served us. Our nation will forever be in the debt of the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces and defend our freedom and we have an obligation to repay that debt every single day.

Nov 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Ranking Democrat on the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, today released a new fact sheet outlining the economic challenges for veterans. The report shows that American veterans who served after September 11, 2001, experienced a 50 percent drop in their unemployment rate over the past four years, but the youngest among them still struggle with high unemployment, poverty and homelessness.

Jan 13, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today applauded the passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (H.R. 203). The bipartisan legislation would establish a peer support and community outreach pilot program to help transitioning servicemembers access mental health services available through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Nov 11, 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Today we rightly honor the service and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. I am grateful for all that these men and women have done to keep our country safe and secure. We must do everything we can to honor their heroism.

May 27, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement in tribute to the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

“Today we honor all those Americans who lost their lives in service to country. They answered the call to duty and gave the last full measure of devotion. They put the security of our nation before their own personal safety. They went to war, so that future generations might enjoy peace. They died so that we might live."

Nov 8, 2013 Press Release

New York, NY—Today U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn) saluted the contributions of America’s veterans and military families and noted important Congressional developments in 2013

Jun 26, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Charles E. Schumer introduced the Fair Access to Co-Ops for Veterans Act, H.R. 2522, which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to extend its Home Loan Guaranty Program to include housing cooperatives, a major form of housing in cities like New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.  
 

May 29, 2013 Press Release

New York, NY — On Monday, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12) led a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony Monday at Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park. 

May 21, 2013 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) applauded the news that the 23rd Street Manhattan VA Hospital is fully operational after having suffered major flood damage during Superstorm Sandy.  For the past seven months, the hospital has been restoring services and reopening departments gradually, but today the facility announced completion of the first phase of its plan to repair the damages and will be able to provide regular services to its patients.  As part of the federal Sandy Relief package, the Manhattan VA will receive $207 million to repair and redesign the facility. 

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