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

Oct 4, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The long-awaited study evaluating options for the future of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Veterans Hospitals was made available to New Yorkers recently and the results were shocking: every option explored in the study was misleadingly found to have the same impact on veterans health care and access to care.
Sep 22, 2005 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) sought answers from Veterans Administration Secretary James Nicholson, after detailing numerous flaws in a study commissioned by the VA that could lead to the wrongful dismantling of medical services at the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA hospitals.
Sep 19, 2005 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) spoke at a public hearing following Pricewaterhouse Coopers's presentation of its study on the feasability of consolidating or closing the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals (Rep. Maloney's statement). U.S. Veterans Administration Secretary Jim Nicholson, acting on the recommendation of the VA CARES Commission, authorized the study, which sets forth and evaluates nine options for consolidating or closing the facilities.

May 31, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, eight New York Members of Congress urged James Nicholson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to keep the Manhattan VA Hospital open and to make access to health care services for New York veterans easier.
May 25, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) joined an effort to force a vote in the House of Representatives on the bipartisan Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2005 (H.R. 303). The bill would allow all disabled veterans to receive their disability benefit and their retirement benefit, in place of the current unfair system where retirement benefits are slashed dollar-for-dollar by the amount veterans receive in disability compensation.
May 3, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) challenged the U.S. Veterans Administration under President Bush not to use a newly begun study on possible consolidation of Brooklyn and Manhattan VA Hospitals as a thinly veiled strategy to slash health services to New York veterans for a cash infusion to government coffers (text of Maloney's statement).
Apr 27, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - In response to news that the U.S. Veterans Administration has scheduled a public hearing in Brooklyn on May 3, 2005 about the possible consolidation of the Manhattan VA Hospital with the VA Hospital in Brooklyn, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) today urged Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson to direct his administration to hold public hearings on the issue in Manhattan, not only in Brooklyn, and to increase outreach to New York veterans about all public hearings on the issue and ensure a fair public review of the study before any decision is made about its recommendations.
Feb 9, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - An analysis of President Bush’s proposed FY06 budget shows that many of the deep cuts to domestic programs will adversely affect New York City. The budget proposal includes across the board cuts for non-security spending, much of which will is targeted at low-income Americans. Among the cuts that will hurt New Yorkers the most are:
Nov 11, 2004 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Veteran’s Day ceremonies aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid were made more solemn today, by news of the arrival in New York City of fallen U.S. soldier Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Lam, 22, of Oakland Gardens, Queens, who died in Iraq on Monday, November 8, 2004.

Nov 11, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Congresswoman Maloney is urging New York City veterans to participate in The Veterans History Project, which seeks to preserve and acknowledge the stories of our nation’s courageous veterans. Together with the Library of Congress, Maloney invites Queens/Manhattan war veterans to submit letters, photographs, and journals in an effort to uphold the oral histories of our veterans. This initiative is key to honoring the courage and sacrifice our veterans have shown in the past and present.