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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut



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

April 26, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTNH) — A group of Connecticut and New England lawmakers are trying to persuade Israel to buy Stratford-based Sikorsky helicopters as they work to modernize their military.

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jim Himes (D-CT), John Larson (D-CT), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) sent a letter to the Israeli Minister of Defense Wednesday, encouraging the country to consider buying CH-53K King Stallion helicopters.

April 26, 2017 In The News

President Trump’s economic team unveiled its long-awaited tax reform package Wednesday, with a top corporate rate dramatically lowered from 35 percent to 15 percent. “It’s a great plan,” Trump said. “It’s going to put people back to work.”

But for corporate America, is a 20-point drop too much of a good thing? Is 15 percent too much, too little or just right?

April 24, 2017 In The News

5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty opposes draft legislation that would institute a monthly reduction in pay for troops as a means of offsetting the cost of expanding G.I.

April 22, 2017 In The News

Though opioid deaths are surging, most of the addiction services provided by Veterans Affairs Connecticut are more than an hour’s drive from Danbury.

That distance can make it difficult for some veterans to access the potentially life-saving programs at a time when overdose deaths continue to increase throughout the state. Connecticut drug deaths reached 917 last year — about 2.5 times more than in 2012, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

April 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), House Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN), and their Democratic colleagues today released a statement opposing draft legislation proposed by Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN). The proposal would institute a monthly reduction in pay for troops as a means of offsetting the cost of expanding G.I. Bill eligibility and longevity for future veterans.

April 19, 2017 In The News

A roundtable discussion has been held in Danbury about Veterans Health Administration services.  5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty met with others at the Danbury War Memorial Monday about how to most effectively combat drug and alcohol addiction amongst veterans.

April 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement about the U.S. missile strike in Syria
April 5, 2017 In The News

At his confirmation hearing Wednesday as President Donald Trump’s nominee to be FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, of Westport, won praise from Sen. Chris Murphy as a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a two-time Food and Drug Administration veteran and a former practitioner at Stamford Hospital.

“We are proud of him in Connecticut for his commitment to Stamford Hospital and the community of Westport,’’ Murphy, D-Conn., said in introducing Gottlieb before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, of which he is a member.

April 5, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty wants to help more family members care for veterans, with legislation to extend a federal program to more service people.

Esty and fellow congress member Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania have introduced legislation to expand the current Veterans Affairs’ Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to veterans of all service eras, according to a release.

April 4, 2017 In The News

More than 120 House Representatives want the leaders of a House Veteran Affairs subcommittee to not cut federal funding to veteran suicide prevention and outreach programs. 

In a letter sent to the chairman of an appropriations subcommittee on veteran affairs, led by Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and New Jersey’s Congresspeople Frank LoBiondo and Bonnie Watson Coleman, the 123 representatives called for $173 million in funding next year to address the veteran suicide crisis.