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MS 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 their families.

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 Defense.
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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