Hassan bill to help veterans transition to civilian life heads to president

Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 8:20 AM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - Legislation sponsored by New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan aimed at supporting veterans is headed to President Biden.

Hassan says her bill supports veterans during their transition to civilian life.

The Solid Start program was created by the VA during the Trump administration to contact every veteran three times by phone in the first year after they leave active duty to check in and help connect them with VA programs and benefits.

Hassan said her bill makes sure the program continues and improves the specific health care options for women veterans.

“After our service members make sacrifices to protect our freedoms, we must ensure that they have the support that they need after their active duty service – but if our veterans are not even aware of VA services, then we cannot effectively help them,” Hassan, D-New Hampshire, said in a statement. This bill is a victory for veterans across the country, and I thank the Granite State veterans who have raised with me the importance of strengthening support for new veterans.”

The bipartisan legislation is headed to the president’s desk to be signed into law.