Suozzi Honored by Northport American Legion
American Legion Post 694 in Northport, NY honored Congressman Tom Suozzi for his “unwavering commitment and dedication to our veterans and their families.”
Congressman Suozzi, who serves on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, said, “First and foremost, our country has a responsibility to take care of the men and women in our military who have served to protect us. This is a responsibility that I take very seriously and will work tirelessly to ensure that we never forget the vet.”
In presenting the award, John Cooney, Commander of Post 694 said, “even before taking office this year, Congressman Suozzi has been committed and dedicated to veterans and their families and he has shown during his time in Congress that he means what he says and backs up his talk with action. We are grateful for his dedication and we look forward to continuing to work with him on issues important to veterans and their families like mental health care and access to affordable housing.”
Congressman Suozzi recently traveled to Afghanistan, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to visit with our troops and generals to get a better sense of the challenges they face on the ground in combat areas abroad.
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 veteran’s town hall on Veterans Day (November 12th, 2017)
2. Ensuring there is affordable assisted living at the 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
Additionally, Congressman Suozzi has introduced the Mental Health Services for All Veterans Act (H.R. 2736). This legislation would provide free mental health services to all members of the Armed Services, regardless of their discharge status. The bill will also provide mental health services to members of the reserves, including the Army National Guard and Air National Guard.
“I am humbled by the service of our veterans and sobered by my responsibility to work for all our veterans and their families,”said Congressman Suozzi.