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
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.
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.
Farmington >> Three students from Hartford County and two from Litchfield County were nominated by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Mackenzie Henke of Avon and Spencer Persechino of Litchfield were nominated to West Point. Jill Friedman of Farmington and Wyatt Toczko of Burlington were nominated to the Naval Academy, and Paul Kang of Farmington was nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy.
On the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Saturday, the structure spanning the Farmington River on Route 185 in Simsbury was official dedicated as the "Bataan Corregidor Memorial Bridge."
The honor acknowledges the sacrifice of so many veterans who fought, died and suffered during the Battle of Bataan and the Battle of Corregidor in 1942 and the slave labor camps that surrounded the campaigns in the Philippines.
When freshman U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, reflects on the nearly one year she’s spent in Congress, she largely speaks in neat anecdotes about specific people she’s met along the way — including constituents and colleagues.
“I love this job,” she said, answering questions from the editorial board of the Register Citizen.
Seventeen-year-old Maximilliam Holguin of Southbury grew up on stories of his father’s day’s piloting an Army scout helicopter, one grandfather’s service in Korea and another grandfather’s time on the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Gatling.
Holguin went to football games at his father’s alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and met his father’s classmates.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty is seeking a vote on federal legislation that would expand support for family caregivers of veterans.
The Democrat spoke Wednesday on the House of Representatives floor in favor of allowing a vote on legislation that would extend eligibility for participation the Department of Veterans Affairs' family caregivers assistance program to all veterans with a serious service-connected disability.
Currently, the assistance is limited to only family caregivers of post-Sept. 11 veterans.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) spoke on a motion that would allow a floor vote on H.R. 3383, the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013, a bill to expand support for family caregivers of veterans. H.R. 3833, which Esty introduced, would extend eligibility for participation in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to all veterans with a serious service-connected disability.
A Korean War veteran from Newton, Stanley Polcyn, finally took home four medals he received during his time as a flight engineer in the war.
He accepted the National Service Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the 50th Anniversary Korean War Service Medal during a small ceremony Thursday evening.
He served from 1950 to 1952.
Polcyn has six children, 15 grandchildren, and most would ask about his military service.
“My grandchildren would call me and often ask about papers or projects they were doing,” he said.
It has been more than 60 years since the Korean War ended, but there was a last detail that remained to be accomplished for Stanley Polcyn, a US Navy veteran who served with distinction in that Southeast Asian conflict.
In November 7 ceremonies held in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall, Mr Polcyn received four medals for his service which were due him, but that he had never received.
Representing the federal government, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty presented to Mr Polcyn those medals, putting some closure on his service with the US military.