Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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Veterans Issues

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.

Thank you.

More on Veterans Issues

Jul 30, 2014 Press Release

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.

Jul 11, 2014 Press Release

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.

Jul 11, 2014 In The News

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.

May 30, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation:
 
May 23, 2014 Press Release

(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.

May 22, 2014 Press Release

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.

May 15, 2014 Press Release

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:
 

Apr 7, 2014 In The News

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.

Feb 25, 2014 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – This week, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Thomas Campbell of Danbury. Mr. Campbell, a former Marine who was awarded a Purple Heart for his service, went months without receiving his Social Security benefits. Two months behind on his mortgage, Mr. Campbell faced pre-foreclosure on his home.

Feb 20, 2014 Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT—Connecticut’s delegation to the House of Representatives wrote to Director of the Veterans Affairs CT Healthcare System, Gerald F. Culliton, requesting a status update on how they are meeting the recommendations outlined in a recent Inspector General report. The letter can be viewed here.