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

September 24, 2021 Press Release

MARLTON, NJ – This afternoon, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) held a telephone town hall where he highlighted issues related to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst’s (JBMDL) importance to our region’s economy and our country’s national security. The Congressman discussed his work on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and service on the House Armed Services Committee, as well as Operation Allies Welcome, and the work of Task Force-Liberty at JBMDL related to Afghan refugees and resettle

September 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Andy Kim voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022. Congressman Kim worked to secure historic investments in technology and innovation that will help keep jobs in New Jersey, prepare our country for the unprecedented challenges ahead, and honor the sacrifices our service members and their families make through a 2.7 percent pay raise.

September 2, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Kim Votes to Pass National Defense Authorization Act Through Committee, Delivering Wins for New Jersey

 

August 16, 2021 Press Release

Contact Information for People Stranded in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Today, Congressman Andy Kim is providing information for people stranded in Afghanistan:

 

August 6, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Kim Announces New $60 Million VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic Coming to Ocean County;

VA Secretary Denis McDonough to Join for Announcement

 

July 30, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Kim Secures Funding for Veteran Suicide Prevention, Relief for New Jersey Homeowners,

Job Training, Substance Abuse Treatment Resources in House-Passed Government Funding Package

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the House of Representatives passed three bills to provide funding for most federal departments and agencies, including provisions championed by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) that will benefit New Jersey families.

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 (NJ-03) 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