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.Res.161 - Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm's ground campaign and honoring the legacy of America's Desert Storm veterans and their example of strength and courage

H.R. 2816 – Vietnam-Era Veterans Hepatitis C Testing Enhancement Act

Legislation Cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R.1014 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot program to furnish hyperbaric oxygen therapy to a veteran who has a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder

H.R.852 - United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research Act

H.R.1057 - To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC

H.R.1115 - To authorize the location of a memorial on the National Mall to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces that served on active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism

H.R. 5605 - United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research Act

H.R. 5570 – Veteran Suicide Prevention Act

H.R. 5516 – Commitment to Veteran Support and Outreach Act

H.R. 5048 - Fairness for Local Veteran Cemeteries Act

H.R. 4949 – VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act

H.R. 4817 - VA Directly Returning Opioid Prescriptions Act

H.R. 4305 - PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act

H.R. 3932 – Veterans Preventative Health Coverage Fairness Act

H.R. 3495 – Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act

H.R. 3350 – VA Emergency Transportation

H.R. 3231 - Renovate and Enhance Veterans Meeting Halls and Posts Act

H.R. 2941 - Servicewomen's Health Transition Training Act

H.R. 2557 – Get Veterans a Doctor Now Act

H.R. 2487 - Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement Act

H.R. 2200 - Keeping Our Promises Act

H.R. 1802 - VA Billing Accountability Act

H.R. 1749 - PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program Act

H.R. 1641 - Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act

H.R. 1019 - Full Military Honors Act

H.R. 730 - Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act

H.R. 663 - Burn Pits Accountability Act

H.R. 628 - WINGMAN Act 

H.R. 485 - VREASA

H.R. 444 - Reduce Unemployment for Veterans of All Ages Act

H.R. 303 - Retired Pay Restoration Act

H.R. 95 - Homeless Veteran Families Act

 

Military Family Focused Legislation 

Legislation Introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik

H.R. 7433 - Military Spouse Student Loan Deferment Act 

Legislation Cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik

H.R. 492 - Supporting Veteran Families in Need Act

H.R.1013 - To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to provide that a member of the Armed Forces and the spouse of that member shall have the same rights regarding the receipt of firearms at the location of any duty station of the member

H.R. 5876 - Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act

H.R. 5238 - BRST Act 

H.R. 3191 - Spouse Employment Reciprocity and Vocational Instruction for Career Enhancement Act

H.R. 1750 - Supporting Veteran Families in Need Act

H.R. 553 - Military Surviving Spouses Equity 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

February 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today is the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm’s ground campaign to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi forces. Congresswoman Stefanik introduced a resolution to commemorate this occasion, and honor the legacy of America’s brave Operation Desert Storm veterans. She issued the following statement:

February 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - This morning, Congresswoman Stefanik joined the Northern New York-Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) for their semi-annual breakfast business meeting, to discuss legislative defense priorities for 2021.

January 13, 2021 Press Release

On Sunday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will join Vice President Mike Pence at Fort Drum to thank soldiers and their families for their service to the United States of America. She released the following statement:

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today voted in favor of the FY21 Omnibus Appropriations package that passed the House and the Senate. 

December 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today voted in favor of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. Congresswoman Stefanik has been selected as a Conferee each year since her first term in Congress to negotiate the legislation with the Senate. Over the last several months, she has worked to ensure that the NDAA is a bipartisan bill that provides our military with the support and resources they need.

November 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has been selected by Leader McCarthy to serve on the bipartisan, bicameral House-Senate conference committee tasked with resolving the differences and ensuring successful passage of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This is her sixth consecutive year chosen as a conferee.

October 5, 2020 Press Release

Watertown, N.Y.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today visited Fort Drum to witness the 10th Mountain Division’s “Mountain Peak” training exercise, which trains and certifies brigades within the division to attend Combat Training Center (CTC) rotations and overseas operations. Congresswoman Stefanik joined Brigadier General Funck and Command Sergeant Major Mario Terenas for the exercise, and to discuss its impact on mission readiness.

September 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expressing concern over cancelled veterans’ appointments caused by closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter highlights a report published by the Veterans Health Administration Office of Inspector General (OIG) on appointment management during the COVID-19 pandemic and requests that the VA take swift action to track and reschedule appointments.

August 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is cosponsoring the Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act, bipartisan legislation to incentivize the hiring of veterans and military spouses. Unemployment for military spouses is almost six times the national average, and the rising costs of quality childcare only contributes to this issue.