Lake Placid, N.Y. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) continued her focus on working to ensure that our veterans receive the highest quality care and services they have earned at a Lake Placid Veterans Forum.

“Those who put their lives on the line to defend us deserve the best from their government,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “That’s why my office has prioritized our work on behalf of veterans both through casework as well as through pursuing legislative solutions to address the problems facing our nation’s heroes. I was pleased to discuss these issues with so many North Country heroes in Lake Placid today.”

This year, Congresswoman Stefanik was pleased to see legislation she supported -- H.R. 203 – the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act – be signed into law that will help provide resources to combat the tragedy of our nation’s veterans committing suicide while waiting for the care they need.

Also, with Congresswoman Stefanik’s support, the House has acted and passed:

  • H.R. 1994 -- the VA Accountability Act
  • H.R. 2499 – the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act
  • H.R. 474 – the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act
  • H.R. 1313 – the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act
  • H.R. 1382 – the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act
  • H.R. 1382 – the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act
  • H.R. 294 -- the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act

In addition, Congresswoman Stefanik is proud to cosponsor many veterans’ initiatives, including:

  • H.R. 577, To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use existing authorities to furnish health care at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to veterans who live more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest medical facility of the Department that furnishes the care sought by the veteran
  • H.R. 1247, the Improving Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015
  • H.R. 2894, the CARE for All Veterans Act

Congresswoman Stefanik will continue to advocate on behalf of North Country veterans, and in her first six months, her office successfully recovered over $235,000 in earned veterans benefits for constituents in New York’s 21st district. Additionally, she is working on legislation to support the VA backlog for caregivers.