Rep. Poliquin Joins the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee
BANGOR – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) announced he is joining the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the congressional body charged with all legislative matters pertaining to improving care and services for our Veterans, including congressional oversight specific to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its operations. Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:
“I am tremendously proud and excited to join the Veterans Affairs Committee where I can serve as an instrumental force on behalf of our more than 60,000 Veterans in Maine’s 2nd District,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Maine Veterans now have a direct seat at the table in Congress on some of the biggest issues facing them and their services at the VA.
“The character of our country is defined by how we treat our Veterans after their service. Our Nation owes them a debt of gratitude that starts with making sure they are given the support and care they were promised, have earned and deserve. I am thrilled to continue to work on their behalf and to now use my direct role on this committee to hold the VA accountable and to make sure our Nation fulfills our promises to them.”
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) said, “I’m excited to welcome Rep. Poliquin to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Bruce is a tireless advocate for veterans, and will keep us moving in the right direction to build a better VA. I look forward to working with Bruce as we continue our efforts to increase veterans’ access to quality health care, honor our nation’s heroes and ensure veterans and their families can utilize the services they have earned.”
Congressman Poliquin will serve on the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigation.
Since joining Congress, Poliquin has made it a top priority to use the full weight of his office to help Veterans in Maine by working to secure critical health care programs and services, clean up inefficiencies at Veterans centers and VA facilities across Maine, and provide quality constituent services for Veterans through his local offices in Bangor, Lewiston and Presque Isle.
Congressman Poliquin was instrumental in securing continued access to care for Veterans living in and around Aroostook County by extending the services provided through the extremely popular Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH) program at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, which allows Veterans in the rural area to receive care much closer to home.
Congressman Poliquin has also pushed hard to help ensure that the Lewiston Veterans’ Center is adequately staffed. In recent years, the facility has come under pressure to adequately serve our Veterans due constraints on personnel.
Congressman Poliquin’s local offices in Maine provide a variety of services for our Veterans, including:
- Signing up for VA benefits
- Problems with VA health care
- Claims for compensation or pensions
- Replacement of medals
- Receipt of discharge papers
- Other federal issues, including with Social Security
For help with any of these issues and more, Veterans are encouraged to contact any of Congressman Poliquin’s offices in Bangor (942-0583), Lewiston (784-0768), Presque Isle (764-1968) and Washington, D.C (202-225-6306). To find more information and for additional resources, please visit https://poliquin.house.gov/services/resources/military-and-veterans.
Items to Note:
- May 2016: Veterans Affairs, Cary Medical Center Sign Provider Agreement to Preserve Access to Care for ARCH Veterans in Northern Maine