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.
More on Veterans Issues
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced her bipartisan Gold Star Fathers Act. Currently, qualifying mothers of certain disabled or deceased veterans—known as “Gold Star Mothers”—are given preference when applying for certain federal civil service jobs. Esty’s bill would extend this eligibility to Gold Star Fathers.
MERIDEN — Navy veteran Ed Lynch, 77, remembers being strapped to the side of a ship during a hurricane as water surged onto the deck. Waves ripped away lifeboats and punched the side of the ship so hard they left a large dent.
“I was young and stupid and thought it was fantastic,” Lynch said.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) in attending the bill signing of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act in the East Room of the White House. Esty was a co-author of the bill, which seeks to increase access to mental health care and suicide prevention support for veterans and servicemembers. Today, the President delivered remarks and signed the bill into law. The First Lady also attended the ceremony.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded the Senate’s passage of a military and veterans suicide prevention bill she co-authored, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (SAV). The bill previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a unanimous vote of 403 to 0 and is now headed to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.
PLYMOUTH — When Kazimir P. Skrzypiec was 14 years old he lied about his age and joined the U.S. Navy. Four days later, he was found out and honorably discharged.
When he was 18, he joined the U.S. Army and served overseas in post-World War II Europe and in Korea.
Now, at age 85, he received the medals for his service.
TORRINGTON — Listening to Nicholas Samal talk about his two years fighting in the European theater during World War II is like listening to the late comedian Johnny Carson tell it.
Samal, 94, clears out the fog of war with his contagious hearty laugh and he seems to end each story with a quip. He was a gunner in France and Germany. He took part in the landing at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhineland offensive in March 1945.
TORRINGTON >> Nicholas Samal, 94, a World War II veteran from Torrington, was presented with replacement medals by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty at a ceremony at the Torrington Health & Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home at 225 Wyoming Ave., where Samal is a resident.
Esty, D-5, awarded Samal with his 12 medals, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Victory Medal, for his substantial military service. About 75 friends, family, and veteran residents of the nursing home attended the ceremony.
WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded the passage of a military and veterans suicide prevention bill she co-authored, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (SAV), H.R. 203. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a unanimous vote of 403 to 0.