Military Families and Service Members

Our communities are home to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where tens of thousands of service members and their families are based. Our men and women in uniform, and their families, aren’t just on the front lines of defending our freedom, they’re our neighbors, and it’s up to us to fight for them like they fight for us. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m dedicated to being a voice for our service members and their families. During my time in Congress, I’ve heard from our service members and military families about the need to ensure the drinking water near our Joint Base is free of toxic chemicals like Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), the need to create economic opportunities for our military spouses, and the need to honor the sacrifices our military families make.

Check out what I’m doing to address these critical issues, and more:

Cleaning up PFAS from our water
H.R.4295 — Protect Our Military Children Act
H.R.3226 — Safe Water for Military Families Act
H.R.2102 — VET PFAS Act
H.R.2377 — Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2019
H.R.1863 — To require the Secretary of Defense to provide blood testing for firefighters of the Department of Defense to determine potential exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and for other purposes.

Helping our veterans with toxic exposure
H.R.1001 — Family Member Access to Burn Pit Registry Act
H.R.1005 — Burn Pit Veterans Revision Act
H.R.663 — Burn Pits Accountability Act
H.R.299 — Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019
H.R.2201 — To modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the Armed Forces in Thailand during the Vietnam era, and for other purposes.

Providing economic opportunities for service members and their families
H.R.3661 — Patriotic Employer Protection Act of 2019
H.R.3191 — Spouse Employment Reciprocity and Vocational Instruction for Career Enhancement Act of 2019
H.R.5887 — Guard and Reserve Hazard Duty Pay Equity Act
H.R.801 — Reserve Component Employer Incentive, Compensation, and Relief Act of 2019
H.R.367 — Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019
H.R.2912 — Military Spouse Hiring Act

Honoring our Gold Star Families
H.R.2819 — Gold Star Families National Monument Extension Act
H.R.2481 — Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act
H.R.847 — Protecting Gold Star Spouses Act of 2019
H.R.553 — Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act
H.R.3065 — Fallen Heroes Family Travel Act of 2019
H.Res.107 — SFC Sean Cooley and SPC Christopher Horton Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program Act

Helping military families get an education
H.R.1896 — Supporting Children of the National Guard and Reserve Act
H.R.4917 — Survey Our Military Impacted Schools Act

Improving military health care
H.R.344 — Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act
H.R.955 — Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2019
H.R.2847 —No Passport Fees for Heroes' Families Act
 

More on Military Families and Service Members

April 13, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Kim Statement on Announcement of
U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) released the following statement in response to reports that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021:

April 5, 2021 Press Release

Reps. Kim, Waltz, Introduce Bill to Allow for
Monument to Honor Gold Star Families

February 17, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Kim Gets Answers on Joint Base Access,
Child Care for Service Members at Hearing

January 20, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Kim Calls for Approval of Waiver
for Secretary-Designee Austin

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) released the following statement calling for the House to approve a waiver for Defense Secretary-Designee Lloyd Austin, and his immediate confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

January 11, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Kim Calls on Bureau of Prisons Director to
Lock Down Ft. Dix Facility After COVID-19 Outbreak 

December 28, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Votes to Override NDAA Veto

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) voted to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. The veto override passed by a bipartisan margin of 322 to 87.

December 23, 2020 Press Release

Reps. Kim, Brown and Sires Lead Letter in
Support of Secretary-designate Lloyd Austin

December 8, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Statement in Support of
General Lloyd Austin for Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) released the following statement in support of General Lloyd Austin, who has been named by President-elect Biden as his nominee for Secretary of Defense.

December 4, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Delivers Wins for Joint Base,

New Jersey in NDAA Conference Committee

November 18, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Named as Conferee
to Defense Bill Conference Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) was named as a conferee to the bicameral conference committee on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. This is the second year in a row that Congressman Kim has been named as a conferee to the bicameral conference committee.