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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Representing the 21st District of New York

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

April 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored two pieces of legislation supporting veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals.

March 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Army announced that Major General Brian J. Mennes will be the next Senior Commander of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division. MG Mennes is currently the Director, Force Management, in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans & Training, stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He will take command of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division this spring, although no date has been set.

February 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the VA Hiring Enhancement Act. This legislation will help reduce VA physician vacancies by leveling the playing field for the VA hiring process and making hiring guidelines more consistent with already established requirements. It will make the Veterans Health Administration a more attractive employer and increase competition.

February 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Humana Military reached an agreement with Samaritan Medical Practice on a one-year contract that will allow 22 specialists to continue to treat Fort Drum soldiers and their families.

Throughout the past month, Congresswoman Stefanik’s office has worked with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, held conference calls with Samaritan Medical, and participated in meetings with Humana Military to discuss the unique relationship Fort Drum has with the surrounding health care community.

February 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik co-led Antonio Delgado’s amendment to H.R. 840 – the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act. This amendment allows for child care to be provided by the VA for veterans in need of emergency mental health services, something that was unaccounted for in the bill.

February 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will be joined by Steve Bowman, a United States Air Force Veteran and Director of the Clinton County Veterans Services Agency at the State of the Union address. Mr. Bowman retired from the Air Force in 1994 after 18 honorable years of active service. He was appointed as Director of Clinton County Veterans Service Agency in 2004, and he and his staff currently serve an average of 800 veterans a month.

January 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored H.R. 367 – the Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019. Currently, the United States Coast Guard is the only branch of the military that is having to go without pay during this government shutdown. Despite this, the USCG continues to provide support to law enforcement, Homeland Security, search and rescue missions, and more. This bill would ensure the USCG receives regular pay during any lapse in appropriations.

January 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has cosponsored H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act. This is a bi-partisan bill that allows surviving spouses of military members to not forgo their Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments if they become eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) payments when their spouse dies. Under current law, surviving spouses who are eligible for both payments must forfeit a dollar of their SBP annuity for every DIC dollar they receive.