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 passed by the House, 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 introduced amendments to the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act including the addition of $10 million for suicide prevention awareness and outreach for servicemembers and $5 million to strengthen the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. All of these amendments were passed by the House, and the increases in funding are paid for with reductions elsewhere in the bill.
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. Please email me or call my New Britain Office at (860) 223-8412. For more information, visit my veterans’ resources page.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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NEW BRITAIN — Kazimierz Spaczynski, 85, fought back tears as he told some of his life stories Wednesday during a ceremony honoring his service in the Korean War.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) presented Spaczynski with six medals dedicated to his service more than 60 years ago.
“We are here to honor this man, honor the service of an immigrant who served our country with pride, gut, grit and glory,” said Esty, who hosted the event in her West Main Street office. “It’s important to recognize his story and his service.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced she’s introducing a resolution commending the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs for their campaign to raise awareness and combat veterans suicide during Suicide Prevention Month.
“More than 38,000 Americans take their lives each year, with veterans accounting for 20% of the suicides. This is inexcusable,” said Esty. “We must ask ourselves- are we doing everything that we can to support the men and women who have courageously served our country?
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded the final passage of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act. This bipartisan agreement will strengthen accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and improve veterans’ access to care. The bill passed by a vote of 420 to 5, and it is now heading to the Senate for consideration.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined with Republican Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8) to introduce the Support the Families of Fallen Heroes Semipostal Stamp Act to honor families who lost loved ones while serving our country in uniform.
Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Cheshire, is asking the government to create a convenient way for the public to give money to programs that support families of fallen service members.
Esty joined Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif. – a Vietnam War veteran and Meriden, Conn. native – to introduce the bill Friday that calls on the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp that honors military loved ones. Money used to buy the stamps, which would be available for four years starting no more than a year after enactment, would go toward organizations that support grieving families.
(Hartford, CT) – Rep. Elizabeth Esty joins members of the Connecticut congressional delegation in seeking results of detailed audits to be conducted at all VA facilities. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced his department would conduct “face to face” audits of all VA medical facilities following reports of falsified wait lists and widespread treatment delays at VA medical facilities, including allegations up to 40 veterans may have died while waiting for treatment in Phoenix, Arizona.
NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, May 21, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Management Accountability Act, H.R. 4031, which would allow the VA to more easily demote or fire senior executive employees for inadequate job performance.
NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement on Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki testifying before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about the preventable deaths and injuries due to unacceptable delays for veterans waiting for medical appointments and care:
Gerard Sirois Sr., a World War II veteran, recently got a hand from Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, to navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs and receive benefits.
Click here to watch Mr. Sirois' video.