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N.H. Delegation to Trump: Spare VA Hospitals from Hiring Freeze

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All members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation have signed on to a letter to President Trump demanding that he exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs from his executive order freezing federal hiring.

Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster, all Democrats, say a hiring freeze at the VA will delay veterans’ access to health care and resolution of their disability claims.

Leaders at the VA hospital in Manchester say they are recruiting a number of crucial health care jobs and staff to assist with Veterans Choice, a program that allows veterans to find care from private doctors.

The VA in White River Junction, Vermont has several open positions, including for a medical supply technician, a registered nurse, and a psychologist. 

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said at the VA hiring more people isn't the answer.

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered and Writers on a New England Stage at New Hampshire Public Radio. He has served as a producer/announcer/host of Weekend Edition Saturday at Vermont Public Radio and as a reporter/host of Morning Edition at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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