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.