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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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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

September 20, 2018 Press Release
After the Department of Defense declined to attend a hearing held by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on burn pits and toxic exposures, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis to call on the agency to release information about what steps the Department of Defense is taking to enhance understanding of the health effects associated with exposure to burn pits.
September 13, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, by a vote of 377-20. The bill, also known as the minibus, included language from Esty’s bill, H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act. Esty introduced the measure with Rep. Peter King (NY-2).
August 15, 2018 Page

I am pleased to announce that my office is proud to present a Vietnam War Commemoration and Pinning Ceremony. This event, which is being hosted in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense, will present qualified applicants a 50th anniversary lapel pin to honor and recognize the sacrifices and contributions of our servicemen and women. The ceremony will be held on October 25, 2018

July 25, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) praised the House passage of H.R. 5649, the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William `Bill' Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act of 2018. The bill, which cleared the House by voice vote, included Esty’s bill, H.R. 4835, the Job TOOLS for Veterans Act, which would expand access to job training resources for veterans of all eras and their spouses. Earlier this Congress, Esty introduced the bill with Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) as a means to help military veterans transition into civilian life. On average, those who participated in the Department of Labor’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) program found their first job close to a month sooner than those who did not.
July 18, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced H.R. 6419, the Justice for ALS Veterans Act of 2018, which would enhance dependency and indemnity compensation paid to surviving spouses and families of veterans with service-connected disabilities who die from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
July 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced legislation that would call for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a study regarding the accessibility of its websites to individuals with disabilities.

July 11, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced a bill to rename the Oakville Post Office to honor and recognize the servicemen and women of Watertown and surrounding communities. Oakville is a census-designated and neighborhood within Watertown, Connecticut.
June 29, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) praised the House passage of H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The bill, which cleared the House by a vote of 359-49, included language to increase funding for research on toxic exposure to burn pits. Earlier this Congress, Esty, Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act, which would create a center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions related to exposure to burn pits.
June 27, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) celebrated the passage of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017. Earlier this week, the bill passed the House by a vote of 382-0 and now heads to the Senate for consideration. Esty, who serves on the Committee of Veterans Affairs and is the Ranking Member on the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs subcommittee, is also a cosponsor of the legislation.
June 19, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement praising the passage of S. 2372, the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (or MISSION) Act, which was signed into law on June 6, 2018. The VA MISSION Act contains provisions of Esty’s CARE for All Veterans Act.