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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Veterans

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

May 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day:

May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.–This afternoon, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) spoke on the House floor to express her support for the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which was passed by a vote 347-70. The bill includes language from Esty’s bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1802 the CARE for All Veterans Act. Esty, along with Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) introduced this legislation in March 2017.
February 13, 2018 Press Release
In response to reports of disrespectful treatment towards veterans attending war memorials on the National Mall, House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee Ranking Member Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and Chairman Mike Bost (IL-12) authored a letter to the National Parks Service (NPS) requesting clarity on several NPS policies. Esty, who serves as Ranking Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee’s Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, asked NPS to identify steps to “prevent such incidents from taking place in the future.”
February 8, 2018 Press Release
United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today introduced the Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Peer Support Program is equipped with an adequate amount of peer counselors to help address the mental health needs of women veterans. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) originally introduced the companion legislation in the House of Representatives on December 13, 2017.
February 7, 2018 Press Release
Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.) and Ranking Member Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) introduced the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2018 to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans.
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement on the fifth Congressional short-term funding bill since September of 2017, a measure she will oppose:
January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address this evening
January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement announcing her opposition to the fourth short-term government spending measure under consideration in Congress since September:

January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Committee, and Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced the Job TOOLS for Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to expand access to job training resources for veterans of all eras and their spouses, this afternoon. 

October 24, 2017 Press Release
At a hearing of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin this morning, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called for a greater bipartisan focus on the issue of military suicide prevention.