Maine Veterans Now Have a Seat at the Table in Congress

One of my greatest duties as the representative of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District is serving on behalf of our more than 65,000 Veterans—from Oxford to Aroostook Counties.

In one of my first actions in this new Congress, I am tremendously proud and excited to join the House Veterans Affairs Committee, or VA Committee.  The VA Committee is the congressional body charged with all legislative matters pertaining to improving care and services for our Veterans, including congressional oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Now, Maine Veterans have a direct seat at the table in Congress on some of the biggest issues facing them and their services at the VA.  In this new role I can serve as an instrumental force on behalf of our heroes throughout Maine’s 2nd District.

In my first term in Congress, I made it a top priority to use the full weight of my office to help Veterans in Maine.  I’m proud our office worked to secure critical health care programs and services, cleaned up inefficiencies at Veterans centers and VA facilities across the State, and provided quality constituent services for Veterans through our local offices in Bangor, Lewiston and Presque Isle.

I was very pleased to be a key part of 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.

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Joe Turcotte