August 2019: A Note to New York's Veterans
A Note to New York's Veterans
New York City is home to 200,000 veterans and an estimated 7,100 veterans and their family members live in our Congressional district. I believe supporting our veterans and their families requires more than lip service; it means ensuring they can access benefits they deserve.
This Congress, I’m working with my colleagues to help fill gaps in medical and other services to assist former servicemembers. I’ve authored two bills to advance this goal.
The Hear Our Heroes Act would help veterans suffering from tinnitus or hearing loss obtain medical care from the Veterans Administration at any point in time, not only when they return immediately from combat. Too many veterans develop hearing problems years after their service, resulting in hurdles to obtaining the care they need. You can read more about that bill here.
The Violence Against Women Veterans Act is bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the provision of services for veterans of all gender identities who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse and violence. Sadly, sexual violence and domestic abuse remain common problems among many veterans. Read more about that bill here.
We owe those who wear the uniform of our nation a debt we can never fully repay. However, at minimum, we can ensure they are cared for after they reenter civilian life. In addition to my two bills, I’ll also keep fighting for adequate federal resources for our veterans here, in New York, and around the nation.
Thank you for reading. As always, don’t hesitate to contact my office with questions.