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

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.

June 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has successfully secured numerous critical wins for the North Country in today’s FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Markup. Fort Drum, military families, veterans, small businesses, and the North Country economy as a whole will benefit significantly from the FY20 NDAA when it passes on the House floor.

June 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ) introduced the SERVICE Act, which will lower military spouse unemployment by making a key job training program accessible to military spouses regardless of their servicemember’s rank.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has welcomed a new member of her district staff – Mary Rose Planchon from the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, who will serve as a Congressional Defense Fellow. She will be based out of the Watertown district office.

May 30, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of H.R. 2941, legislation to expand participation in the Women’s Health Transition Training pilot program. This peer-to-peer education program is designed to help inform women military members preparing to separate from active duty service about the women’s health services available through the VA.”

May 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Leading up to Memorial Day, Congresswoman Stefanik helped the House pass seven pieces of bipartisan legislation to improve the lives of veterans this week.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has introduced the Vietnam Era Veterans Hepatitis C Testing Enhancement Act. This bill enhances the VA’s efforts by providing for a pilot project to study the benefits of implementing enhanced eligibility for all Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans in order to facilitate access to existing Hepatitis C testing through the VA.

May 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last night, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, legislation that Congresswoman Stefanik cosponsored and has worked on since her first term, passed the House of Representatives unanimously. This bill expands benefits for Vietnam Blue Water Navy veterans who are currently suffering from diseases they developed as a result of their service.