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

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.

May 10, 2001 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) continued her fight for veterans rights. With the bi-partisan support of Rep. Jack Quinn (R-Buffalo), Rep. Maloney re-introduced H.R. 1808, the Veterans Housing Fairness Act of 2001. This legislation will give veterans the freedom to choose where they live by allowing veterans to use their VA loans to purchase co-ops.

Feb 16, 2000 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Late last week Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) took another significant step forward for veterans rights. Rep. Maloney, a child of a World War II veteran, introduced H.R. 3571 a bill that would give veterans the freedom to choose where they live. The Veterans Housing Fairness Act of 2000 will allow veterans to use their VA loans to purchase co-ops.
Jan 20, 2000 Press Release

NEW YORK – Today, after learning that the US Navy selected Camden, New Jersey over Bayonne, New Jersey, as the permanent location for the soon-to-be battleship museum USS New Jersey, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), a long time friend and advocate of the USS Intrepid museum, released the following statement:

Dec 10, 1999 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Last night President Clinton signed Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's (D-NY) bill into law, House Joint Resolution 46. HJ Res. 46 grants honorary veteran status to Zachary Fisher. Mr. Fisher, a resident of Maloney's district, devoted his life to supporting the American military. The President, when awarding Mr. Fisher with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, called Mr. Fisher one of the "best friends of freedom this country ever had."

Nov 2, 1999 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney's (D-NY) legislation, H. J. Res. 46, that confers honorary veteran status of the United States Armed Services on Mr. Zachary Fisher.

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