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

May 20, 2021 In The News

Lawmakers have signed a bipartisan letter calling on the Department of Defense to intervene after coronavirus delays caused a major backlog of requests from veterans seeking essential service records.

Jan 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), announced the signing of H.R. 1925 into law. The bill renames the Manhattan VA the "Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus of the New York Harbor Health Care System.”

 

The bill was introduced in the House by Congresswoman Maloney and in the Senate by Senator Gillibrand.

 

Dec 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Both the House of Representatives and Senate have passed H.R.1925/S.898 to rename the Manhattan VA the "Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus of the New York Harbor Health Care System.” The bill was introduced in the House by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and in the Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Once signed into law, this would make the Manhattan VA the first in the country to be named after a woman veteran. 

 

Nov 19, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (Nov. 19, 2020)— Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, today drew parallels between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense’s (DOD) handling of health concerns of veterans and servicemembers who deployed to Karshi-Khanabad (K2) Air Base in Uzbekistan between 2001 and 2005 and the fight to ensure health care and compensation for 9/11 responders and survivors.
Feb 25, 2020 In The News

A new bill in the House of Representatives would make cooperatively owned units, or co-ops, eligible for mortgages backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on Tuesday introduced the bill, known as Fair Access to Co-Ops for Veterans Act. It would resurrect a five-year pilot program that expired in 2011 that allowed the VA to guarantee mortgages for co-ops.

Feb 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), along with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), today introduced the Fair Access to Co-Ops for Veterans Act to permanently expand the Veterans Affairs' Home Loan Guaranty Program to include cooperative housing (co-ops).

May 24, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, First, I would like to wish you and your families a Happy Memorial Day as we honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this country. Second, I would like to announce that that I've been working with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to host a hearing on the 2020 Census here in NYC. It will take place this Tuesday, May 28 at 2pm at LaGuardia Community College's The Little Theater. If you can't join us, live stream here. I also want to give you a run down on what I was up to in Washington, DC this week.
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.