Shaheen presses veterans affairs nominee for reform, Brown meets with New Hampshire veterans


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CONCORD, New Hampshire — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she's eager to work with President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs department, but that new leadership is just one step toward reforming the department.

Shaheen on Monday met with Robert McDonald on Monday to reiterate her call for sweeping reforms to address the recent mismanagement scandal and to discuss legislation to expand health care access for New Hampshire veterans. McDonald, a former Proctor & Gamble CEO, has been tapped to replace VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned in May following a national outcry over reports of patient deaths, widespread treatment delays and falsified records at VA facilities nationwide.

Republican Scott Brown, hoping to challenge Shaheen in November, spent Monday with veterans in Concord discussing ways to improve their employment opportunities.

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