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

January 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last night, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik helped the House pass a bill to provide a waiver for the VA to begin a pilot program to improve dental care access and services for enrolled veterans who are currently ineligible. This bill would allow the VA to work with the American Dental Association and Federally Qualified Health Centers across the U.S. to offer pro bono and discounted dental services to veterans.

January 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor to the Veteran Suicide Prevention Act. In September 2019, the VA released an alarming report showing that at least 60,000 veterans died by suicide between 2008 and 2017. On average, that is nearly 20 veterans per day who took their own life. This legislation, led by Congressman Pete King (R-NY), directs the VA to compile a publicly available review of suicides by veterans in the last five years.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the House passage of FY2020 Appropriations to keep the government open:

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s strong support. 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 turn the NDAA into a bipartisan bill that gives our military service members the support and resources they need.

November 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On November 21, 2019, Defense Logistics Agency announced that it will no longer seek to renegotiate its contract with ReEnergy. ReEnergy is a 60-megawatt facility that generates 422,000 megawatt hours per year and is located on Fort Drum, providing the installation with 100% energy independence. DLA awarded a 20-year contract to Fort Drum in 2014 and the installation will continue to be a leader in alternative energy efficiency through the mid-2030s.

November 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced that her efforts to enhance opportunities for departing service members through the SkillBridge program have been successful. The U.S. Department of Labor released an opinion letter clarifying that employers providing meaningful on-the-job training to active duty service members through the SkillBridge program are not subject to various employment laws.

October 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL-13) passed the House of Representatives. The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act gives veterans who commit non-violent crimes while transitioning to civilian life a chance at rehabilitation. It establishes a program within the Department of Justice, in coordination with the VA, to provide grants, training, and technical assistance to help state, local, and tribal governments develop and maintain veteran treatment courts.

October 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced a United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) grant to benefit Veterans with disabilities and disabled members of the Armed Forces. Grants may be used to fund, develop, and implement adaptive sports programs including equine therapy, cycling, kayaking, and hiking. 126 grants totaling $14.8 million were awarded to national, regional, and community programs, including one in Lake Placid.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee ahead of their discussion and debate of several pieces of legislation concerning veterans’ health care tomorrow. One of the pieces of legislation being discussed is Congresswoman Stefanik’s bill, the Vietnam Era Veterans Hepatitis C Testing Enhancement Act, which was introduced earlier this year.

July 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is cosponsoring the Renovate and Enhance Veterans’ Meeting Halls and Posts (REV AMP) Act. This legislation creates a 5 million dollar grant program for veterans organizations. These grants can be used for repairs and improvements to existing facilities or technology. Any recipient of this funding would not be eligible for another award for at least five years, ensuring that a maximum number of veteran organizations can benefit from this program.