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

Jul 19, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - At a special ceremony today with a military honor guard, close friends and family, Michel Thomas was awarded the prestigious Silver Star by United States Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) for his selfless and heroic service in the European Theater of Operations in World War II.
May 19, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Several hundred soldiers from the New York Army National Guard who responded to the World Trade Center site after the September 11th terrorist attacks are not receiving the military retirement benefits they deserve. Many of the soldiers who guarded Ground Zero after the attacks were not officially put on federal active duty; as a result, they did not receive federal military retirement credit for their more than 300 days of service. Other soldiers from the same unit were activated under federal duty to help secure the U.S. Military Academy, and have received the appropriate retirement credit. Clearly, all National Guard troops who served during this unprecedented national emergency deserve equal status.
May 7, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Veterans’ Administration Secretary Anthony Principi today announced a plan for the VA Hospital system, which includes studying the feasibility of moving in-patient services out of the Manhattan VA Hospital to Brooklyn, and/or the feasibility of moving Brooklyn VA Hospital services to Manhattan. This follows the report of the VA’s CARES Commission, which included the same recommendation. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), whose district includes the Manhattan hospital and has stood with New York veterans in opposition to a reduction of services, said the following:

Feb 13, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to a final report made available today, submitted by the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) Commission to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding future plans for veterans hospitals across the country, Congresswoman Maloney made the following statement:
Nov 10, 2003 Press Release
New York (November 10, 2003): Today, eight New York members of Congress released a new Congressional report showing that 6,800 disabled New York veterans lose $32.4 million in retirement benefits annually, because of an unfair law that slashes their retirement benefits on a dollar-for-dollar basis, for the amount they receive in disability compensation.
Oct 7, 2003 Press Release

NY, NY (Oct. 7, 2003): Today, in front of the Manhattan VA Hospital at 23rd St. and 1st Ave. in Manhattan, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, and Council Member Margarita López stood with veterans from all over New York City to demand that the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) retract a proposal that would eviscerate health care services at the vital Manhattan medical facility for veterans.

Feb 26, 2003 Press Release

New York: Mr. Umberto Malfa, a resident of Manhattan, received military medals from the United States government this week, for his valiant service in the Korean Conflict.

Feb 26, 2003 Press Release

New York: Mr. Jules Chorna, a Manhattan resident, received military medals from the United States government this week, for his heroic service in World War II. Mr. Chorna served in the Army during World War II

Feb 26, 2003 Press Release

New York: Mr. Milton D. Pryor, a resident of Manhattan, received military medals from the United States government this week, for his heroic service in World War II.

Feb 26, 2003 Press Release

New York: Mr. Eli Footer, a Manhattan resident, received military medals from the United States government this week for his service in World War II.