Veterans & Military Families

The North Country understands the special pride, tradition, and history of the United States military. The brave men and women stationed at Fort Drum and their families sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms, both abroad and at home. We can never thank them enough.

Fort Drum is home to the 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. Army since 9/11, and is the largest single site employer in New York State.

In Congress, Elise led the fight to protect Fort Drum from cuts from the devastating defense sequestration by unifying the entire New York Congressional delegation. Because of Elise’s leadership and community support, Fort Drum is the Army installation that was cut the least. Fort Drum remains critical to preserving a strong national security and contributes to the economic well-being of the community. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Elise 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 other district in New York State. Elise is honored to serve these heroes, and our offices have helped recover over $2.5 million in VA benefits for those who have served.

We must keep the promises and commitments we’ve made to our military veterans by ensuring needed services and care are always available and delivered in a timely fashion. This includes adequate and safe equipment, healthcare for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and other service-related ailments, job opportunities and training, and post-service career resources, as well as the disability and retirement benefits they’ve earned through their courageous service. Elise is a leading voice in Washington advocating for veterans and military families in the North Country.

While in Congress, Elise has kept her promises to New York’s 21st District by taking the following actions:

Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 279, Military Family Stability Act of 2017, signed into law December 2017
H.R. 281, Military Residency Choice Act
H.R. 1796, Lift the Relocation Burden from Military Spouses Act, signed into law December 2017
H.R. 1910, Support Our Military Caregivers Act

Legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 299, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017
H.R. 512, WINGMAN Act
H.R. 3759, RAISE Family Caregivers Act