Congressman Suozzi is a proud supporter of America’s veterans, and especially those from New York’s 3rd District. He has brought together a Veterans Advisory Council, which meets regularly to discuss ways to improve the lives of veterans locally and around the nation. Together, they’ve created a “Veterans Agenda” that focuses on accomplishing the following items:
1) Hosting a veterans town hall on Veterans Day
2) Ensuring there is affordable assisted living at Northport VA
3) Improving access to mental health counseling for ALL veterans
4) Improve the Northport VA physical plant
5) Demolishing vacant buildings at Northport VA
6) Improve the transition from active duty to veteran status
Providing Veterans with Proper Medical Care
Congressman Suozzi introduced the Mental Health Services for All Veterans Act. This legislation would provide free mental health services to all members of the Armed Services, regardless of their discharge status and financial status. The bill will also provide mental health services to members of the reserves, including the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. Congressman Suozzi penned an op-ed about his bill in the New York Post.
Giving Veterans the Tools to Succeed
Cosponsored the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, which passed the House and Senate. This is an updated GI Bill that creates a lifetime benefit for veterans who served the required three years. It also provides greater assistance for Purple Heart recipients, spouses and children of those who died on active duty, gives extra benefits to those enrolled in STEM programs and restores benefits for veterans enrolled in for-profit colleges that shut down.
Northport VA Hospital
Congressman Suozzi has met with the Executive Director of the Northport VA to discuss his Veterans Agenda and ways to improve conditions at the hospital. He also visited Northport VA shortly after being elected and met with patients.
For more information concerning work and views related to Veterans issues, please contact our office.