Delgado Announces 19th Congressional District Advisory Committee on Veterans, Appoints Malia DuMont Chair

June 20, 2019
Press Release

KINGSTON, NY—Today, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced the membership of his 19th Congressional District Advisory Committee on Veterans, and appointed Malia DuMont, Chief of Staff at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, as Chair. The 19th Congressional District Veterans Advisory Committee has met previously and will continue to convene to provide input to the Congressman about legislation before the House on veterans affairs and priorities important to the military and veteran community.


“The first piece of legislation I introduced in Congress provided support to veteran families, and today I am pleased to continue to honor the service and sacrifice of NY-19’s service members by announcing the 19th Congressional District Advisory Committee on Veterans,” said Delgado. “I am very proud to appoint Malia K. DuMont as Chair of the 19th Congressional District Advisory Board on Veterans. Malia is a trusted advisor, and her military and higher education background makes her uniquely suited for this position. I thank her for serving as Chair of my Advisory Committee, and I know the veterans of New York’s 19th District will be greatly advantaged by her work.”


Malia Du Mont, Chair of 19th Congressional District Advisory Committee on Veterans said, "I am deeply honored to be selected to chair the NY-19 Veterans Advisory Committee. As an Afghanistan veteran, American Legion member, and Army Reserve officer, I am dedicated to helping my 40,000 fellow veterans in the district connect to services and resources. I look forward to working with Congressman Delgado to ensure that he and other members of Congress are aware of the challenges faced by veterans, and to develop potential solutions.”


Pat Ryan, Ulster County Executive and Iraq War Veteran said, “Congressman Delgado has had the veteran community’s back from day one. He has cut through the partisanship in Washington and advanced legislation that has helped veterans and their families. I am proud to serve as a member of his Veterans Advisory Committee and will continue to advocate for robust programs to support veterans and those currently serving in our Armed Forces, as well as their spouses and military families.”


"Advocacy at the federal level is crucial in serving veterans, and Rep. Delgado's Veteran's Advisory Committee is a key element to ensure NY-19 veteran's concerns and issues receive attention in Congress.  This committee's work, along with case-specific interventions by the Congressman's office, will help support local veterans whenever the federal bureaucracy fails them.  I look forward to working with Rep. Delgado and the Committee to ensure Congress remains focused on the issues that matter to local veterans of all eras."  said Steven J. Massee, Director, Ulster County Veteran Services Agency.


Columbia County Veterans’ Service Agency Director Gary Flaherty Command Sergeant Major, USA, Ret, said, “As a member of the Veterans’ Advisory Committee for the 19th Congressional District; I feel that having the Veterans’ Advisory Committee adds to the support of our Veterans and their family are in need of. There are many positive changes being made by the VA and it is great to have another way of insuring our Veterans get what they are entitled to. An example I am happy about is The Blue Water Navy pertaining to Agent Orange has been implemented. As an email I recently received puts it; ‘It is now the Law of the Land.’ Much is yet to be done such as the Parasite issues, expanding Agent Orange exposure compensation and medical benefits to include other areas where AO was sprayed, getting the VA to accept the effects of the Drug Mefloquine on our OEF/OIF Veterans etc.”


Malia K. Du Mont is Chief of Staff at Bard College. Prior to Bard, she was Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Amur Equipment Finance, where she earned a bronze Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year from the American Business Association. Malia has spent most of her career in national security, serving most recently as Director of Strategy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Prior to that she worked on homeland defense policy and Afghanistan-related special operations policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff. She enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1999, and has covered Afghanistan intelligence issues on deployment in Kabul, where she was Officer in Charge of Analysis in the Joint Intelligence Operations Center, and at NATO SHAPE, where she was Senior Afghanistan Analyst. Her other prior Army Reserve assignments include Commander of Headquarters & Headquarters Company of the 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion, China Analyst with the National Ground Intelligence Center, and China Desk Officer in the U.S. Pacific Command’s Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate. She earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her work in Afghanistan.  Malia is on the Military Advisory Council for Arts in the Armed Forces, and serves on the board of the World Affairs Council Mid-Hudson Valley.


Earlier this year, Rep. Delgado announced his Health Care, Agriculture, and Small Business Advisory Committees.


Additional Members of the 19th Congressional District Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee:


Daniel Evan White, Army

Charles Piper, Director of Delaware County VSO, Airforce

Duane Keezer, Navy

Edward Coons, Commander American Legion Post #184

Eilene Fisher, Director of Schoharie County VSO

Gary Flaherty, Director of the Columbia County VSO

Michelle Deyo, Director of the Greene County VSO

Jimmy Pearson, Navy

John Crotty, Director of Sullivan County VSO
Malcolm Nance, U.S. Navy

Pat Ryan, Ulster County Executive, Army

Peter Goebel, Director of the Rensselaer County VSO

Robert Wilcox, Army

Steve Masse, Navy, Director of Ulster County VSO

David White Jr., Army

Leanord Carson, DC Marketing

Randy Weaver, Montgomery County VSO

Sid Loeffler, Otsego County VSO

Tyler Lynch, Greene County VSO

Marty Klein, Air Force

Art Bassin, Army

Joseph Levi, Army