Delgado Holds Meeting of NY-19 Veterans Advisory Committee

January 22, 2020
Press Release

CAIRO, NY — Today, Antonio Delgado (NY-19) held a meeting of the 19th Congressional District Veterans Advisory Committee to discuss 2020 priorities for the veteran community and the status of Delgado-backed veterans legislation in Congress.

“There is nothing more important than honoring the service of our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Delgado. “The first piece of legislation I introduced in Congress provided support to veteran families, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with my Veterans Advisory Committee this year to honor the service and sacrifice of NY-19’s veterans by addressing the issues they face.”

The 19th Congressional District Veterans Advisory Committee provides input to the Congressman about legislation before the House on veterans affairs and priorities important to the military and veteran community. It includes local veterans and veterans’ advocates, as well as members of local Veterans Service Organizations and the American Legion.

Rep. Delgado has made assisting the more than 40,000 veterans in NY-19 a focus of his work in Congress, guided by conversations with his Veterans Advisory Committee. Some of his legislative work for veterans includes:

  • Introducing the bipartisan Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act, which would provide the surviving spouse of a service-disabled veteran with a federal contracting preference as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). This legislation was passed by the House.
  • Introducing the Improving Benefits for Underserved Veterans Act, which directs the Secretary of the VA to publish a report on veterans’ benefits being received disaggregated by sex and minority group member status. This report would provide the VA and Congress with the data necessary to identify disparities in coverage and benefit usage amongst those groups. The bill was included as part of the Deborah Sampson Act, comprehensive legislation to address the medical care of women veterans which passed the House. 
  • Introducing the Military Spouse Hiring Act, bipartisan legislation that incentivizes employers to hire spouses of members of the United States Armed Forces. This bill has over 40 cosponsors on both sides of the aisle. 
  • Introducing the Fairness for Local Veteran Cemeteries Act, legislation authorizing the VA to issue grants to counties for the establishment, expansion, and improvement of veterans’ cemeteries to ensure that counties in states like New York without state-run veterans’ cemeteries are made eligible for grants to cover the maintenance and operation costs of veteran cemeteries. 
  • Co-sponsoring the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which allows veterans who served in Vietnam offshore and were potentially exposed to Agent Orange to apply for disability benefits. This legislation was signed into law.