Veterans and Military Families

As the proud home of Fort Drum and the Navy Nuclear Site at Kesselring, the North Country understands the special pride, tradition, and history of the U.S. military. Our brave and dedicated servicemembers and their families make significant sacrifices to protect our freedoms, both at home and abroad.

Home of the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum remains critical to preserving a strong national security and contributes to the economic well-being of the community. Ft. Drum is the largest employer in New York State with approximately 15,069 soldiers and 3,785 civilian workers. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to rebuilding our nation’s military readiness and securing a successful future for Fort Drum in Northern New York.

Additionally, our district is the home of more veterans than any district in New York State. Congresswoman Stefanik is honored to serve these heroes and our offices have helped recover over $2 million in VA benefits for those who have served.

It is our nation’s responsibility to support veterans and military families. We must honor the promises and commitments we have made to our military veterans and ensure the necessary services and care are always available and delivered in a timely fashion. This includes adequate and safe equipment, health care and counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and other service-related ailments, employment opportunities and job-training, post-service career and transition resources, as well as the disability and retirement benefits our veterans have earned through their courageous service.

Congresswoman Stefanik will continue to advocate for policies to protect and strengthen Fort Drum and help our veterans and provide for our military families. 

For more information concerning the Congresswoman’s work and her views related to veterans and military family support issues, please contact our office.

Veteran Focused Legislation

Legislation Introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 1910, Support Our Military Caregivers Act

H. Con. Res. 45, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Resolution

Legislation Cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 303, Retired Pay Restoration Act

H.R. 1844, Veterans Access to Community Care Act

H.R. 2551, Veterans Entry to Apprenticeship Act

H.R. 1989, The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) Act

H.R. 2198, The Veterans Crisis Line Improvement Act

H.R. 2733, Housing Our Heroes Act

H.R. 1162, No Hero Left Untreated Act

H.R. 1317, Servicemember Retirement Improvement Act

H.R. 2683, Protecting Veterans Credit Act

H.R. 5501, Get Veterans a Doctor Now Act

H.R. 5734, Veterans Transplant Coverage Act

H.R. 632, Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act

H.R. 2052, Protecting the Rights of Individuals Against Technological Exploitation (PRIVATE) Act

Military Family Focused Legislation

Legislation Introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 282, Residency Choice Act

H.R. 1796, Lift the Relocation Burden from Military Spouses Act

Legislation Cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 1928, Families of Fallen Servicemembers First Act

H.R. 846, Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act

H.R. 256, Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act

Related Caucus Memberships

Military Family Caucus

Veterans Job Caucus

Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus

Army Caucus

EOD Caucus

UAV Caucus

More on Veterans and Military Families

July 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is cosponsoring the 21st Century Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which would permit electronic notification with respect to certain lease terminations by members of the uniformed services. Currently, electronic notifications to terminate rental/lease contracts of homes are not permitted for military families, who move or deploy frequently. This bill would make that process more efficient by allowing the servicemember to provide electronic notification to the vehicle lender or landlord.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is cosponsoring a bill that will direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to appoint at least one licensed hearing aid specialist at each VAMC and prescribe the technical qualifications for the licensed hearing aid specialists. This legislation would help ensure that veterans receive timely access to the hearing health services they deserve.

July 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.: Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is introducing a bipartisan Resolution along with Congressmen Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Mast (R-FL), and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The Veterans History Project has allowed veterans to record more than 110,000 stories of their experiences serving our nation and preserved them in the Library of Congress.  

July 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today in favor of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Over the past few months, she has played a leading role with her House colleagues on passing the NDAA to give our military and service members the resources they need. 

July 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today spoke on the House floor in support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. She highlighted key themes and provisions that are important to United States interests and the interests of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.

July 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik participated in a House Armed Services Committee Hearing with General Milley and Secretary Esper, entitled “DOD Authorities on Civil Law Enforcement.” The Committee received an update from the Department of Defense on DoD’s authorities and roles related to Civilian Law Enforcement.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – As Ranking Member of Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities on the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has secured critical wins for Fort Drum, our troops, military families, and the North Country as a whole in today's 14-hour markup of the FY2021 NDAA.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities, today gave opening remarks on the first day of the NDAA Markup:

June 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik introduced the Military Spouse Student Loan Deferment Act, bipartisan legislation to allow a military spouse of an active duty servicemember to defer their student loans for 90 days while they are transitioning through a permanent change of station (PCS) move. Servicemembers must conduct a PCS move every two to three years in order to meet the needs of their respective branch. Additionally, no accrued interest will be incurred during the loan’s deferment period.

May 22, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NY  –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of a Resolution to commend the efforts and honor the work of the men and women of the USNS Comfort, the USNS Mercy, and the United States Navy in the response to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and Los Angeles. The USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy were deployed to support hospitals who were close to capacity in two cities heavily hit by the virus.