Congressman Antonio Delgado Newsletter
Hope you had a restful Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones.
November is dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes. Our veterans answered the call to serve and it is our solemn duty to ensure they can access care, benefits, and work opportunities when they come home. From meeting with my Veterans Advisory Committee, to visiting the many upstate organizations that support veterans as they transition to civilian life, I’m committed to understanding all the needs of our local veterans and addressing those needs in Congress.
To that end, I’m proud to report that the first piece of legislation I introduced, the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act, detailed below, passed the House unanimously. I will continue to work to push this bipartisan legislation through the Senate so we can better support our veterans and their spouses.
Thank you to everyone who has served our nation so bravely and shared stories and experiences with our community. We are forever grateful for your service.
- LEGISLATIVE ACTION FOR VETERANS
- HEARING FROM VETERANS IN UPSTATE
- HONORING OUR VETERANS ON VETERANS DAY
- ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
- SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
- CONNECT WITH US
LEGISLATIVE ACTION FOR VETERANS
INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS: the bipartisan Fairness for Local Veteran Cemeteries Act
During a meeting with my Veterans Advisory Committee earlier this year, I learned of an error in our laws that prevents Ulster County and other counties in New York from accessing much needed federal funding for veterans’ cemeteries.
Specifically, under current law, only states have the capacity to access federal funding for veterans’ cemeteries, even in those states where the veterans’ cemeteries are county-operated. This law severely cripples counties in states like New York, where veterans’ cemeteries are not state-operated. I worked with my colleagues across the aisle and introduced a bill that fixes this problem by lifting the prohibition on counties seeking funds to establish, improve, or expand veterans’ cemeteries. By doing so, we ensure that the final resting places for our nation’s heroes are properly funded. Learn more here.
PASSED THE HOUSE: the Improving Benefits for Underserved Veterans Act
As I traveled throughout the district, it became clear to me that too many veterans are underserved or unaware of crucial benefits available to them. Not enough effort is being made at the federal level to understand the gaps in services provided and to ensure equitable outcomes.
That’s why I introduced the Improving Benefits for Underserved Veterans Act. My bill would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to publish a report on veterans’ benefits received disaggregated by sex and minority group member status. This report will provide the VA and Congress with the data necessary to identify disparities in coverage and benefit usage amongst those groups.
I’m pleased to report that my bill was included in the Deborah Sampson Act – bipartisan legislation that passed the House. The Deborah Sampson Act addresses the medical care of women veterans and makes several meaningful changes to the VA system including, increasing the VA’s number of gender-specific providers, enhancing privacy for women veterans within VA facilities, improving childcare for our veterans’ children, and establishing the Office of Women’s Health at the VA. We are working hard to get this bill through the Senate. Learn more here.
PASSED THE HOUSE: the bipartisan Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act
Spouses, families and loved ones of our servicemembers carry enormous burdens. Not only do they make sacrifices to support their loved ones in the military, but they’re also integral to their transition back to civilian life.
The first bill I introduced as a member of Congress seeks to better support veteran-owned small businesses and the spouses and families of our veterans. The bipartisan Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act ensures that all spouses of service-disabled veterans retain federal contracting preference after their veteran spouse passes, no matter the severity of the veteran’s disability. I am proud to see the bill passed with unanimous support and I will keep working until it becomes law. Learn more here.
HEARING FROM VETERANS IN UPSTATE
PANEL DISCUSSION ON SUPPORTING VETERANS’ TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE
Rep. Delgado talks with elected officials, community leaders, veteran support organizations, and nonprofits to hear about how to better support veterans in Congress.
I’m committed to supporting the work of those on the ground who are helping veterans and their families find employment, housing, and other services that ease the transition to civilian life.
I put together a panel discussion that included Assemblyman Jake Ashby, community leaders, veteran support organizations, and non-profits in order to identify gaps in local services and discuss ways to expand upon successful programs that connect veterans with employment opportunities, housing, mental health support, and vet-to-vet peer mentorship programs as they transition from service to civilian life.
Our conversation was robust and informative, and it gave me a number of ideas about how we can work together at the state and federal level to better support our veterans.
HEARING FROM STUDENT VETERANS AND FACULTY AT SUNY ONEONTA
Rep. Delgado meets with administrators and veterans at SUNY Oneonta for a discussion about the experiences of student veterans on campus.
I sat down for a roundtable discussion with veterans at SUNY Oneonta to hear about the experiences of veteran students and faculty on campus and discuss how we can support their transition to civilian life. These conversations will continue to guide my work to introduce legislation and identify how the federal government can better support the experiences of our student veterans. Learn more about my conversation here.
HONORING OUR VETERANS ON VETERANS DAY
HONORING VETERANS IN SULLIVAN COUNTY
Rep. Delgado honors Sullivan County veterans and discusses ways his district office can help them navigate their VA benefits.
On Veterans Day, I was honored to stand in Heroes Park in Eldred for the Tusten-Highland Lumberland VFW Post and Sylvan-Liebla American Legion Veterans Day Service to pay tribute to Sullivan County veterans. Our veterans’ profound commitment to our values as a nation must always be honored and cherished.
DELIVERING FLAG FLOWN OVER THE U.S. CAPITOL FOR VILLAGE OF FRANKLIN PARK
Rep. Delgado delivers flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to Village of Franklin for their memorial park.
For generations, our veterans have marched under this flag and defended our freedom, democracy, and our American values. I was honored to join the Village of Franklin on Veterans Day and present the community with a new flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to fly over its memorial park.
CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF THE SHARE CENTER ON VETERANS DAY
Rep. Delgado visited the STRIDE Health and Recreation Education (SHARE) Center as part of his week hearing from organizations that serve veterans to shape his work in Congress.
On Veterans Day, I was honored to attend the official opening of the STRIDE Health and Recreation Education (SHARE) center located in West Sand Lake. With new adaptive facilities, SHARE allows our wounded warriors to experience the joy of sports and camaraderie with their fellow veterans and also enables our community to better serve those who have served our nation by treating both their visible and invisible scars.
ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
HEARING FROM THE COMMUNITY AT MY 28TH AND 29TH TOWN HALLS
Rep. Delgado answers questions on student loans and rural broadband at town halls in Sullivan and Columbia counties.
Town halls are critical to my work as your representative—both to provide an update on my work and to hear from folks directly about their priorities. Each one of these forums informs my work in Congress to support our family farmers, improve our rural broadband, lower prescription drug costs, and boost investment in rural communities. Thanks to everyone in Sullivan County and Columbia County for coming by my town halls and for sharing their thoughts and experiences. I hope you can join us at a future town hall to discuss the priorities most important to you and your family.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
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Need help with an issue or working with a federal agency?
Are you a veteran who is trying to replace a lost medal? Having trouble resolving a problem with your VA, Medicare, or Social Security benefits? For these and any other problems with federal agencies, my staff is here to help — and you can meet them at mobile office hours in NY-19 in December.
December 9: Delaware and Otsego
Davenport Municipal Building
11790 State Highway 23
Davenport Center, New York
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Laurens Municipal Building
37 Brook Street
Laurens, New York 13796
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
December 16: Dutchess County
Amenia Free Library
3309 Route 343
Amenia, New York 12501
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
70 Old Post Road
Staatsburg, New York 12580-0397
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CONNECT WITH US
We’re always here to help — each week, my staff holds mobile office hours to bring important information and services directly to the communities I represent. Find out more information here.
You can also always get in touch with us in the following ways:
- Call 202-225-5614
- Reach out online: Delgado.house.gov/contact/email-me
Visit one of my many offices:
- Visit one of my many offices:
- Kingston Office at 256 Clinton Avenue (open 9 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday)
- Delhi Office at 111 Main Street (open 10 AM – 4 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
- Oneonta Office at 189 Main Street #500 (open 10 AM – 4 PM Thursdays and Fridays)
- Liberty Office at 59 North Main St. #301 (open 10 AM – 4PM Thursdays & Fridays)
- Hudson Office at 420 Warren St. (open 10 AM – 4PM Tuesdays & Wednesdays)