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Rep. Lee Zeldin Selected for Two Important U.S House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittees

January 23, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC- Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C- NY-1), member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced today that he was appointed to serve on two important subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs and the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

The Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs has legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over compensation; including general and special pensions of all the wars of the United States. This subcommittee deals with disability compensation, the adjustments in the cost of living for veterans, as well as the protection of memorial services of veterans.

The Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity has legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over education of veterans, employment, and training of veterans, vocational rehabilitation, veteran’s housing programs, readjustment of servicemembers to civilian life, and servicemembers' civil relief. This subcommittee deals with helping provide education and employment opportunities to veterans, as well as assisting organizations that aid veterans with the transition to civilian life.

Congressman Zeldin has been a very vocal advocate for veterans causes throughout his time in public service. One of his proudest and most significant achievements in the New York State Senate was creating the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support program for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). He also wrote the law that protects families from protests at military burials. 

“It is critically important that our veterans receive the opportunities they deserve to live a most fulfilling life following their military service," said Congressman Zeldin. "Much more can be done to improve the quality of life for our veterans and I plan to focus my time on these two subcommittees fighting to achieve this necessary goal. I'm looking forward to working on these two subcommittees to improve our nation’s veteran’s care, from disability claims, to memorial services, to education and training, and much more.”

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