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.
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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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:
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.
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.
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.
New York: Ms. Gina Caridi, a resident of Astoria, New York, received her deceased husband's military medals for his service in World War II from the United States government this week. Mr. Caridi earned his medals for his tour of duty in the Navy as a Gunner's Third Mate.
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.