Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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One of the greatest honors I have as a Representative is to serve those who have served us and given so much to defend our nation. I strongly believe we must honor the commitments we make to our service members and veterans. Too many veterans are facing a backlog of disability benefits claims, an inadequate health care system, or difficulty securing good-paying jobs when they return home.

Since taking office, I’ve held roundtables and met with vets from across our district. After hearing from veterans in our district that they were facing delays of months and even years in seeking replacement military decorations, I introduced the PROMPT Act, bipartisan legislation that was signed into law, to make sure our vets don’t face absurd delays in for the medals they’ve earned in courageous service to our country.

I also championed successful efforts to increase suicide prevention awareness and outreach for servicemembers, reduce military sexual assault, and strengthen the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

Most of all, I want to emphasize to those of you who are veterans, currently serving, or if you have friends, family, or neighbors who are, my office is here to assist you. In addition to helping secure medals, we are proud to provide a variety of support on a range of federal issues including gaining access to medical benefits, records of service, home loans, and educational benefits. Visit my help center to learn more or call my New Britain Office at (860) 223-8412. For more information, visit my veterans’ resources page.

For more information on my work and views on veterans' issues or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

More on Veterans

Jun 25, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA) introduced the Caregivers Access and Responsible Expansion (CARE) for All Veterans Act (H.R. 2894) in an effort to expand the current VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to veterans of all service-eras. The CARE for All Veterans Act treats veterans of all service-eras equally by gradually granting access to the veteran caregivers program and prioritizing veterans most in need.

May 25, 2015 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day.

"Today, we remember the men and women who paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom. We commit to honor their memory, to care for their families, and to be worthy of their sacrifice,” said Rep. Esty. “Let us not forget the special pain of those families whose loved ones are missing in action.  They deserve closure and dignity as well.”

May 24, 2015 In The News

The late John “Evan” Radov was a tough U.S. Army veteran who fought for his country overseas and trained other soldiers when he came back from war.

Despite his rough exterior, Radov was a loving man who married his high-school sweetheart, Barbara, and remained committed to her and his family until the day he died on Sept. 26 at age 91.

“He was the best dad you could ever find,” said his adult daughter, Judith Radov.

May 11, 2015 In The News

WATERBURY — It began as a roundtable discussion on "toxic burn pits" — heaps of military trash in Iraq and Afghanistan purposely set ablaze as a disposal method.

But U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.,also heard graphic tales of the horrors of combat in modern chemical warfare.

May 11, 2015 In The News

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is sponsoring a bill to have the federal VA create a research center focused on the health of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were exposed to burn pits. Burn pits were used to get rid of all kinds of garbage on military bases.

May 8, 2015 Press Release

WATERBURY, CT – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) met with veterans at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury to discuss the consequences of exposure to burn pits while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Burn pits are areas on military bases where waste, such as human waste, batteries, and other garbage, is incinerated and toxic fumes are released into the atmosphere. Esty was inspired to introduce legislation, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act, H.R.

Apr 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted against the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, & Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016, H.R. 2029. Esty cited insufficient support for veterans, especially with regards to reducing the VA backlog.

Apr 22, 2015 Press Release

(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced today $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the expansion and renovation of the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. The grant will fund the construction of roads, landscaping and infrastructure over three acres, and will accommodate respectful storage of 3,000 additional cinerary urns. The grant will enable the state to provide continued service to Connecticut’s 193,450 veterans and their families for decades to come.

Apr 20, 2015 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT –Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded $696,000 in funding announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to support efforts to end veteran homelessness.

Mar 19, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) led two letters to the House Appropriations Committee calling for full funding of veterans suicide prevention and outreach services as well as medical and prosthetic research at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Esty highlighted these two programs in the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2016, which the House will vote on later this year.