William S. Cohen Papers | Senate Legislative
MS 188.8.131.52.7 Veterans 1977-1996 8 boxes
Veteran's affairs is a high priority constituent service issue for
all Senators. With his parallel interests in defense, healthcare,
and government oversight, Cohen followed veteran's issues closely.
He was an advocate for veteran's services in Maine and worked, along
with Senator George Mitchell, to correct problems with the treatment
of PTSD patients at the Togus VA hospital in Maine in the mid 1980s.
He supported legislation to expand veteran's education assistance,
co-sponsored bills to enhance healthcare services provided by the
Veteran's Administration, and fought on behalf of MIA/POW's and
Staff members working on veteran's issues for Senator Cohen included
Jim Dykstra, Jeff Kaelin, Jim Bodner, Dale Gerry, Melanie DeMayo,
Sheila Gall, and Kathy DeCoster throughout the Senate years. The
work was shared because veteran's issues touched on other issues
such as health care and because of the complexity of the cases
arising in veteran's affairs. Papers created by each of these staff
members can also be found throughout the other subseries related to
Arranged alphabetically. Materials include transcripts of hearings
conducted by Senate committees, staff memos, correspondence,
speeches, news clippings, reports, Dear Colleague letters, lists of
MIAs and POWs (1987), briefing books, and Cohen's handwritten notes.
Access to the records in this subseries is restricted until 2017.
Contact the Special Collections Department for further information.
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