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.

Select Highlights

  • 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

Mar 18, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY - Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens & the Bronx) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) today called for an overall increase in federal assistance to provide adequate health care for America’s wounded troops at a press conference held at the Manhattan VA Hospital.
Dec 11, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Late Friday night, the Senate and House of Representatives passed legislation that includes provisions to help give veterans – particularly veterans in New York City – greater housing choices. S.3421, the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act, contains language originally introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) allowing veterans to use these VA loans to purchase cooperative housing. Currently, VA loans can be used to purchase a house, townhouse, condominium or even a mobile home, but not a co-op.
Nov 1, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Veterans in the New York area, and perhaps elsewhere, have begun receiving notifications from the Veterans Administration about the possibility that they could be victims of identity theft due to yet another missing VA computer (letter to veterans). Personal data of veterans – including names, Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses – may have been compromised when a computer went missing from the Manhattan VA hospital on September 6.
Aug 11, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) expressed her relief at the announcement by Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary James Nicholson that the Bush Administration will be keeping open both the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals.  Secretary Nicholson cited the excellence of the quality of care at the hospitals thanks in large part to their affiliations with world class medical institutions, and the convenient access for veterans as reasons for keeping both facilities open.
Aug 10, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) urged Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary James Nicholson to use his visit on Friday to the Veterans Administration Hospital on 23rd Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan (the “Manhattan VA Hospital”) to announce that the Bush Administration will be keeping open both the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals (letter to Nicholson).
May 26, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) expressed her strong support for legislation to help veterans whose names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers were stolen from the home of a VA employee earlier this month.
Dec 20, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - More than four years after 9/11, hundreds of members of the National Guard who served at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center will finally receive full federal retirement credit for their service. The final version of the FY06 Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1815), which successfully passed the House of Representatives this week, includes a provision to provide the retirement credit.
Dec 15, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) reintroduced H.R. 4537, the Veterans Housing Fairness Act of 2005. Maloney’s legislation gives veterans greater housing choice by allowing them to use guaranteed VA loans to purchase cooperative housing. Currently, VA loans can be used to purchase a house, townhouse, condominium or even a mobile home, but not a co-op.
Nov 11, 2005 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - On Friday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney honored our nation’s veterans at a ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument in Manhattan, kicking off New York City’s annual Veterans’ Day Parade.
Oct 27, 2005 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, eleven New York Members of Congress sent a letter to Veterans Administration Secretary Jim Nicholson requesting that the VA keep the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals open and ready to serve New York vets.

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