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 6, 2013 Press Release

Long Island City, NY – On Monday, U.S Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) joined LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow and Veterans Upward Bound Director Samuel Farrell at LaGuardia’s Annual Week to Honor Veterans Luncheon to present over $1.24 million in federal funds for the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program. LaGuardia’s program, the only one of its kind in New York State, provides educational and professional development for veterans who are preparing for post-secondary education and employment translating their military training to jobs training.  

Jan 23, 2012 Press Release

Astoria, NY – U.S. Army veteran and Astoria resident Robert Song will be in the audience tomorrow night as President Obama delivers his 2012 State of the Union address.  U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) invited Song, who served our country in Afghanistan, to attend the address to thank him for his service to our nation.  Maloney joined a group of House members, led by Reps. Marcia Fudge of Ohio and Tim Walz of Minnesota, who invited veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to this year’s address, as a show of Congress’s solidarity in support of our nation’s veterans.

Nov 10, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today expressed her gratitude to current and former members of America’s armed forces, and urged Congress to approve measures to help unemployed veterans, and those leaving the military, find jobs.

May 14, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2008 Emergency Supplemental Act. 

Apr 28, 2008 Press Release
Washington, D.C.: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney expressed her strong support for a new “G.I. Bill” to give veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan educational opportunities on par with those afforded to returnees from World War II.  H.R. 5740, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, would provide Iraq or Afghanistan veterans who have served 3 years on active duty with benefits to cover the costs of a four-year public college education, along with a stipend for housing, books and other expenses.  Current veterans' education benefits cover only about 60% of the cost of a four-year degree.
Mar 24, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will partner with organizations such as AARP and the United Way of America on “Super Saturday,” March 29, 2008, to reach Americans who are eligible to collect an economic stimulus tax rebate but are not normally required to file an income tax return. 
Jan 16, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) today hailed the appropriation of $3.7 billion in additional federal funding for programs benefitting veterans of America’s armed forces.  The funding constitutes the largest single spending increase in the 77-year history of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The funding, which had previously been approved by both houses of Congress, was released by President Bush yesterday.

May 17, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In an effort to secure proper care for military veterans rendered sick or disabled as a result of their work at Ground Zero on and after 9/11, U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), and John Hall (D-NY) today asked Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Nicholson to officially declare people with Ground Zero military service eligible for veteran’s benefits.  The Representatives also asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a specific disability policy for these veterans.