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

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Kim Votes to Fund Capitol Police, Reimburse National Guard, and Secure Capitol Complex

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim voted for H.R. 3237, an emergency funding package to help secure the United States Capitol Complex, deliver much needed resources to the U.S. Capitol Police force and National Guard, and respond to the costs of the January 6th insurrection.

July 26, 2021 Press Release

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Honor Gold Star Families​

July 1, 2021 Press Release

Reps. Kim, Garamendi, Norcross, and Pfluger Introduce
Bipartisan Bill to Boost Local Construction Hiring

June 24, 2021 Press Release

Defense Secretary Austin Calls Bipartisan Effort by Reps. Kim and Kelly to
Expand Military Healthcare one of the “Utmost Importance” 

June 16, 2021 Press Release

Military Support Organizations Endorse Rep. Kim and Kelly
Effort to Expand Healthcare to Service members 

May 25, 2021 Press Release

Reps. Kim and Kelly Introduce Bill to Expand No-Fee
Healthcare for Reserve and National Guard 

May 4, 2021 Press Release

Reps. Kim and Wilson Introduce Bill to
Strengthen Cybersecurity Response by National Guard

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