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
Three members of Congress introduced legislation Wednesday that would provide aid to veterans exposed to toxic burn pits on military bases.
Reps. Elizabeth Esty, Ryan Costello and Betty McCollum introduced the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act, which seeks to create a VA center focused on the “diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions related to exposure to burn pits,” according to an Esty press release.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has co-sponsored legislation to help women veterans overcome obstacles to health care and other federal benefits, according to a release.
The legislation, known as the Deborah Sampson Act, would:
Expand counseling services and call centers for women veterans
Increase the length of maternity care at VA facilities
Increase the number of gender-specific providers and coordinators in the VA health care system
Retrofit VA facilities to enhance privacy for women veterans at VA centers
A bill to ensure equitable care at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for women veterans is being backed by 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty. She says the legislation will also address the needs of women veterans who are more likely to face homelessness, unemployment, and go without needed health care. The Deborah Sampson Act aims to address gender disparities to improve services and access.
A bill moving through Congress could make it easier for veterans who can be considered mentally incompetent to carry a firearm and has pitted those concerned with suicide among veterans against others who say they have been unfairly stigmatized.
Under federal law, veterans who have been assigned fiduciaries — people who manage their finances — can be deemed mentally incompetent. Backers of the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act say that the law has been applied too broadly against veterans who remain fit to carry a firearm.
5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty called on Congress to reject a bill called “Veterans 2nd Amendment Rights Protection Act”. Esty says the bill would severely undercut the current process the Veterans Administration uses to identify veterans who are prohibited from gun ownership because of mental health concerns.
Esty was backed in her effort by Captain Mark Kelly, a Navy combat veteran, who co-founded Americans for Responsible Solutions with his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would give veterans — previously unable to purchase firearms because of a mental health diagnosis — access to firearms.
The bill passed by a vote of 240-175.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee who led the opposition to the bill, said the legislation ignores the reality of veteran suicide.
WASHINGTON ― The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to allow thousands of veterans who are disabled or have mental health conditions to buy guns.
Under a law signed by President George W. Bush in the wake of a mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration were required to add the names of people deemed “mentally defective” to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, to block them from buying weapons.