Army veteran Robert Philbrook, 73, of Manchester said they have been fighting for a full-service hospital since 1994, but without success.
“We still have the same battle going on today,” he said.
Guinta said he has introduced House Resolution 1863 — also known as the Veterans Health Equity Act. It asks that veterans eligible for medical care through the VA have access to at least one full-service VA hospital in their state or two medical facilities comparable to a single full-service center.
“You should have the different options,” Guinta said.
Carson told the veterans defense contractors and members of the Armed Services will face challenges if Congress doesn’t pass legislation to avoid the “sequestration” federal budget cuts that would begin Jan. 1.
She said the cuts would mean the loss of 4,000 defense-related jobs in New Hampshire and have a tremendous economic impact. It also means the elimination of other jobs that could be filled by returning servicemen and other Granite State residents.
Guinta said all four members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation are working to resolve the issue.
“This is a pretty frustrating challenge we have,” he said.
After the 45-minute discussion, veterans such as Ken Waite, 69, of Derry and Greg Lynch, 64, of Kingston said they were pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Guinta.
“I think he’s committed, but he can only take on so many issues at one time,” said Waite, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam.
Lynch, a Vietnam War Army veteran and state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said he is confident Guinta can help meet the needs of New Hampshire’s veterans.
Guinta also visited Hood Middle School and Parkland Medical Center, both in Derry.