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Congressman Lee Zeldin Introduces First Bill Which Will Assist Long Island Veterans

March 17, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C - NY-1), Member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and two Veterans Affairs Subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, introduced his first bill, H.R. 1187, which would eliminate the loan limit or the “maximum guarantee amount” of a loan that the VA can guarantee for a veteran.

The bill has bipartisan support in Congress, with co-sponsors Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).

“This bill is very helpful for veterans living in areas with a high cost of living, such as Long Island," said Congressman Zeldin. "This is an issue that many veterans have called my office concerned about. I introduced this bill because after serving our country, our veterans have earned this support of a grateful nation. This legislation will address that issue by providing the VA with the flexibility to determine the appropriate limit for all veterans’ loans.”

Congressman Zeldin has been a vocal advocate for veterans during his time in public service. While serving in the New York State Senate, Congressman Zeldin created the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program and also wrote the law to protect our military families from protests at military burials.

Congressman Zeldin concluded, “It’s important that after laying their lives on the line, our veterans receive access to resources to improve their quality of life following their military service. There is so much more we can do to improve life for our veterans and I will continue this important fight in Congress.”

Suffolk County has the highest veteran population in New York State and the second highest in the nation.

The text of the bill can be found here.