Washington, D.C. — Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), today introduced bipartisan legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 23d Special Headquarters Troops and the 3133rd Signal Service Company, U.S. Army units that served in World War II and were known as the “Ghost Army.” These units were instrumental to Allied successes at the Battle of the Bulge and the final battles in Italy’s Po Valley.
Today, nearly 22 million Americans hold the distinguished title of Veteran, and more than 127,000 of those individuals live in our great State of Maine. As the daughter of a World War II Purple Heart recipient, Senator Collins learned first-hand of the sacrifice that these heroes and their families make to advance the cause of freedom. Fighting on behalf of our nation’s Veterans, Senator Collins has worked to support the needs of Veterans nationwide by protecting access to rural health care, holding the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable in the wake of scandal, and expediting the process for disabled veterans to get the services they need.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded $479,155.51 through the State Home Construction Grant Program for a recently completed renovation project at Maine Veterans’ Homes’ Scarborough facility.
Washington, D.C. - U.S Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the bipartisan Veterans Preventive Health Coverage Fairness Act to make health care more affordable for America’s veterans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin today sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requesting that they include funding for 24 VA medical facility leases in the President’s FY 2018 budget request.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King issued this statement following the announcement by the Department of Defense that Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, a Falmouth, Maine, native, was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues to write to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies urging them to support robust funding for State Veterans’ Homes that help provide long-term care to American veterans. Federal funds provided by the State Veterans’ Home Construction Grant Program allow states to make critical facility upgrades or construct new facilities to serve aging veteran populations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin are warning Maine veterans to beware of a scam where imposters attempt to imitate the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) phone line.
Through this scam, a phone line has been set up by an unknown party to potentially mimic the VCP phone line. The imposter phone line may be intended to reach veterans who inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin were encouraged by the findings in a report released today by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) on mental health consults and access to care issues at the VA Maine Healthcare System (VA Maine).
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Patty Murray (D-WA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand a successful program that helps those who care for wounded, ill, or injured veterans. The Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act would open the program to veterans of all eras, making resources available to more of the family members and other loved ones who have taken on a caregiver role for veterans.
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Washington, D.C. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) honored Senator Collins at a legislative reception this evening for her steadfast support of veterans and commitment to strengthening America’s national security. VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of nearly 1.7 million veterans and military service members from the active, guard, and reserve forces.
Washington, D.C. — In recognition of her “unwavering support of veterans, service members and their families,” as well as for “strengthening America through strong national security programs,” Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Brian Duffy bestowed the 2017 Congressional Award on U.S. Senator Susan Collins today. Both Maine and national members of the VFW attended the ceremony, including Maine Commander Steven SanPedro.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke from the Senate floor today to express her strong support for the nomination of Dr. David Shulkin to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took action today to exempt critical personnel from the recently announced federal civilian hiring freeze. Previously, U.S.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) led a bipartisan group of 15 Senators, including Senator Angus King (I-ME), to reintroduce the bipartisan Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act. The legislation would authorize pending leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities, the majority of which have been awaiting Congressional approval for more than a year. These medical facilities—located in 15 states, including Maine—are necessary to improve veterans’ access to vital health care services.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President-elect Donald Trump considers a 100-day hiring freeze for civilian federal employees, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) today urged him not to include critical personnel from the Department of Veterans Affairs who work to provide care and support to veterans in Maine and across the nation.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution designating Saturday, December 17, 2016 as “Wreaths Across America Day.”
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led a bipartisan letter with Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) urging that all pending VA medical centers be authorized before Congress adjourns. The issue affects 24 facilities in 15 states, including the proposed Portland community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) lease for which Senator Collins secured funding earlier this year.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Mark Warner (D-VA) led a bipartisan letter yesterday urging that 24 pending VA medical centers in 15 states be authorized before Congress adjourns. The letter, which was addressed to Senate leadership as well as the leadership of the Senate Appropriations and VA Committees, was signed by 18 Senators.
Washington, D.C. — In recognition of Veterans Day today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued the following statement:
“Like so many, the gratitude I feel for our veterans is steeped in more than history. It also is personal – I am one of the millions of Americans who have the privilege to call a veteran 'Dad.’
“Yesterday, I had the great pleasure to speak at the Rotary Club of Portland’s Veterans Appreciation Luncheon and join them and other Mainers to honor our state’s veterans and thank them for their service.
Washington, D.C. — Following advocacy from U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the President signed a bill into law this week that provides $74.9 million for three projects at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) and $6.9 million for the Portland Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to lease a new facility.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today joined Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) in introducing the Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act, bipartisan legislation that would authorize leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities in fifteen states, including an outpatient facility in Portland, Maine.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that two Maine organizations – Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman and Pineland Farms in New Gloucester – will receive a total of $117,872 to develop adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces in partnership with other local organizations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of thirteen other Senators on a letter urging the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to authorize leases for eighteen major medical facilities across twelve states that have been awaiting congressional authorization for over a year, including a potential outpatient facility in Portland, Maine.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poliquin announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cary Medical Center in Caribou have signed a provider agreement that will allow eligible veterans in northern Maine to continue to receive the medical services currently offered through the Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH) program. In addition, through this agreement, veterans will now have access to podiatry, ophthalmology and pain management services at Cary Medical Center.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Legislation to promote better access to needed mental health resources for veterans in rural areas was unanimously approved by the Senate and will be included in a spending bill the U.S. Senate is currently considering and is expected to pass. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and cosponsored by Senator Angus King (I-ME).
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited Cary Medical Center in Caribou with Representative Bruce Poliquin and Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin to discuss the vital importance of the Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH) program that provides our northern Maine veterans with local access to health care. Senator Collins invited Dr. Shulkin to tour Cary Medical Center so that he could learn more about the highly successful, popular, and cost-effective ARCH program.