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
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, a bill authored jointly by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), today passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 418-0.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal:
“Our goal should be a budget that expands economic opportunity in Connecticut and across the country, lifts wages, promotes access to health care, protects our air and water, supports children and seniors, and makes us safer. On these counts, President Trump’s proposal moves us in the wrong direction. Congress should start over from scratch on a bipartisan plan.”
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin recently outlined to Congress his plans to use the $78.9-billion budget request for 2018 to improve services for veterans, according to the Armed Forces News service.
While recognizing that the VA has made significant advances in delivering benefits to veterans, Shulkin said that more must be done.
SHARON – It was no surprise that part of the discussion during U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty’s visit to Sharon Hospital on Wednesday focused on the Affordable Care Act.
Esty, a Democrat from Cheshire who represents the 5th District, met with CEO Peter Cordeau, CFO Christian Bergeron, chief of nursing Lori Puff and other staff members as part of her daylong tour of the Northwest Corner. She also stopped at Geer Village in Canaan and walked a section of the Appalachian Trail in Falls Village.