Veterans Stand with Senator Schumer to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

Veterans Stand with Senator Schumer to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

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Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
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Veterans Stand with Senator Schumer to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

 IAVA Calls for Immediate Passage of Bill Critical for Manhattan VA Hospital Repairs

NEW YORK (Dec. 16, 2012) —Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) stood with Senator Charles Schumer today at the closed Manhattan VA hospital to call on Congress to provide immediate relief for area residents — and specifically veterans — impacted by Hurricane Sandy by passing the Sandy Relief Bill. The Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System is indefinitely closed after being badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  Veterans from Staten Island and from across the damaged region rely on the critical services provided by the Manhattan VA, which will require the Sandy Relief Bill to rebuild and reopen.

“Tens of thousands of veterans in the area need this hospital up and running right away,” said IAVA founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff. “This funding is essential to getting veterans in New York City the quality and timely care they deserve. The passage of this bill must be a top priority for Congress before the end of the year. VA employees are working tirelessly to get this facility back online, it’s time for Congress to do its part.”

Phoebe Gavin, a 26-year-old U.S. Army combat veteran, who spent 15 months deployed in Iraq, joined Senator Schumer of New York at the VA hospital in Manhattan to express her support for emergency funding to repair the medical center.

“It’s critical that veterans like me have easy access to medical care near our homes,” said Gavin, who received medical care at the now-closed Manhattan VA prior to Hurricane Sandy. “This hospital provides services that my fellow veterans count on every day — from counseling to prescription refills — and we need Congress to step up and do the right thing here. We are already dealing with long wait times for disability benefits and late monthly checks, which you see reflected in high unemployment and suicide numbers. We need better care and we need it now.”

Veterans and their families affected by Hurricane Sandy can find resources, information and updates by clicking here. IAVA also has caseworkers available thanks to a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation to provide one-on-one support to all New York City veterans struggling with setbacks. Click here to learn more or be connected with an IAVA caseworker.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.

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