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

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.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs asking for the increased use of community retail pharmacies for non-active duty service members and veterans currently covered under TRICARE.

May 1, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs requesting expanded telehealth services through TRICARE for veterans and servicemembers experiencing mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, during the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, TRICARE only permits military members and their families who are battling serious mental health illnesses access to intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs.

March 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is cosponsoring legislation to ensure VA educational benefits are continued throughout the pandemic of coronavirus. Under existing rules, the thousands of veterans, spouses, and dependents utilizing GI Bill benefits receive half of the authorized housing allowance for online classes rather than the full amount for attending classes in person. With university closures across the country, these veterans are at risk of losing potentially hundreds of dollars in benefits per month, through no fault of their own.

March 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted to pass two pieces of legislation to support North Country veterans’ efforts to be as competitive as possible in the workforce after their service to our country, and to ease the financial burden on those who are disabled due to their service.  

March 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted to pass the Fair Debt Collection Practices for Servicemembers Act, bipartisan legislation to prohibit unethical and unfair debt collection practices targeted at servicemembers in the North Country and across the nation. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported that servicemembers are subject to a variety of unfair debt collection practices, including contacting the servicemember’s chain of command and threating punishment through the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

February 26, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted to pass five bills that will support North Country veterans and their families. The pieces of legislation that passed the House with bipartisan support included:

February 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is cosponsoring the Counting All Military Votes Act, legislation to make Express Mail Labels available to deployed active duty military serving on our embassies, consulates, and/or in diplomatic posts. This will ensure each of their absentee votes will be successfully delivered on time by Express Mail in order to be counted.

February 5, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – During his State of the Union address last night, President Trump surprised the family of Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams with his unexpected return from deployment in Afghanistan. Sergeant Williams is originally a native of Peru, New York. He is also a past Peru Fire Department Firefighter.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following President Trump’s State of the Union address: