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  • Members of Long Island Congressional Delegation Call On V.A. Secretary to Address Deteriorating Conditions at Northport V.A.
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington—Representatives Steve Israel (NY-03), Peter King (NY-02), Kathleen Rice (NY-04), and Lee Zeldin (NY-01) sent a bipartisan letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald calling on him to address the deteriorating conditions at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Recent reports have indicated that an aging ventilation system has caused harmful particles to collect on medical instruments in five operating rooms at the Northport VAMC. Due to the health risks associat... Read more

  • Coffman, Rice Call for Criminal Investigation of Aurora VA Hospital Construction
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY), a member of the subcommittee, called upon the Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Accountability Review and the Office of the Inspector General to make appropriate criminal referrals to law enforcement in regards to the Aurora VA hospital construction project. On March 26, 2016, the VA’s Administrative Investigation Board ... Read more

  • Reps. Rice, Zeldin, King & Israel Join Local Veterans to Call for Passage of the Bipartisan Fairness for Veterans Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    EAST MEADOW, NY – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), Peter King (NY-02) and Steve Israel (NY-03) joined local veterans and advocates today at the Veterans Memorial in Eisenhower Park to call on Congress to pass H.R. 4683, the Fairness for Veterans Act, which was recently introduced in the House by Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Tim Walz (D-MN) and has been cosponsored by all four members of the Long Island congressional delegation. In recent years, tens of thousands o... Read more

  • Federal, state officials tour HempsteadWorks, talk to vets
    Posted in In the News on February 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By Sid Cassese HempsteadWorks offers job services and programs for a variety of workers and employers, but it is its efforts on behalf of veterans that drew several county, state and federal officials to the career center on Monday. “They came to look at our program because it is an example of a model career center that is serving veterans well,” said Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino. He said HempsteadWorks provides veterans with a full complement of specialized employment and career servic... Read more

  • Rep. Rice, Asst. Labor Secretary Michaud & Supervisor Santino Discuss Veteran Employment Issues at HempsteadWorks
    Posted in Press Releases on February 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, toured the HempsteadWorks Career Counseling Center today with Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training Michael Michaud, a former Congressman from Maine and the former Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino. Following the tour, Rep. Rice, Asst. Secretary... Read more

  • LI veterans with ‘bad paper’ discharges seek help from Congress
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By Martin C. Evans Agustin Cabrera was among the first combat troops to fight in the Iraq War when President George W. Bush sent troops there in early 2003. But with exploding grenades a regular threat during convoys and near the prison camp where he was stationed, Cabrera said he soon found himself beset by combat anxieties he couldn’t control. The Massapequa resident was written up in Iraq for snapping at superiors. Back stateside at his post with the 46th Engineer Combat Battalion at Fort Po... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Statement on VA Bonus Payments
    Posted in Press Releases on November 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement today regarding this week’s reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) paid more than $142 billion in bonuses to executives and employees in 2014. Statement from Representative Kathleen Rice: “As we celebrated Veterans Day this week, we also learned that the VA paid out more than $142 million in ‘performance-based’ bonuses to executives and employe... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Urges VA to Approve Veteran Campus Counselor at Nassau Community College
    Posted in Press Releases on November 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to approve Nassau Community College’s proposal to host a VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) counselor, who would offer a range of services to veterans, servicemembers and dependents seeking help with their educational, employment, or adjustment goals. In a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, co-signed by all five members of the Long Island del... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Announces Grant Awards for Organizations Helping Homeless Veterans on Long Island
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that two local organizations have been awarded nearly $300,000 in federal grant funds to help homeless veterans on Long Island find jobs and sustainable housing. Easter Seals New York, Inc. will receive $150,000 and United Veterans Beacon House, Inc. will receive $145,000 through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP). HVRP grants are awarded to various state and local organizations to su... Read more

  • Washington Post: The mysterious case of $54 million VA spent on prosthetics in $24,999 payments
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By Lisa Rein The Washington Post The payments couldn’t help but catch the attention of the top procurement official at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Employees in the purchasing department of a VA hospital in the Bronx had used government purchase cards like credit cards at least 2,000 times to buy prosthetic legs and arms for veterans. Each time they swiped the cards, it was for $24,999. That was precisely one dollar below VA’s charging limit for purchase cards. When word reached Congress... Read more

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