Many local veterans and elected officials did not agree with the decision. As a result, they began protesting for months. On Tuesday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer announced the Senate’s final response.
“After months of fighting, I am pleased to announce that the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Medical Centers are staying open and right where they are,” he said.
Closing the Brooklyn center, as well as the Manhattan one, had originally been part of a larger plan. According to the March recommendations, it would have decreased VA enrollment for veterans in metro New York by 23.1% over the next 10 years.
Bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate and members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee also opposed the decision.
New York City Councilmember Justin Brannan, also shared his response to the decision. He said, “Our government has an obligation to provide all veterans with the physical and mental health care and benefits they were not only promised but deserve. We owe that to them.”