Congressman Pappas discusses veterans’ care with American Legionnaires at Joint VA Committee hearing
Washington, D.C. – Today House & Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee members held a Joint Hearing to receive the Legislative Presentation of the American Legion. Congressman Chris Pappas, the grandson of three World War II veterans and Chair of the House VA Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, discussed issues of veterans' care for the 14,126 New Hampshire American Legionnaires.
Chris's discussion with the American Legionnaires included the importance of balancing pain management needs of veterans with the issue of overprescribing, which has linkages to the opioid crisis that has taken the lives of 72,000 individuals across the country annually. He also asked American Legionnaires about the arbitration clauses that prevent reservists from returning to their jobs after ending their active duty service. Chris's questions concluded by asking testifying American Legionnaires about how the Department of Veterans' Affairs can continue to work to attract highly qualified medical professionals despite New Hampshire's low unemployment rate creating a shortage of workers in the state.