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 11, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Statement on
Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) joined Burlington County leaders in taking part in a remembrance ceremony of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. His remarks as delivered are below. Video of the Congressman’s remarks can be found by clicking here.

September 9, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Holds Telephone Town Hall
on Joint Base and Military Family Issues

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) held a telephone town hall focused on issues regarding Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and military families across Burlington and Ocean Counties. This was the Congressman’s 25th town hall since he was sworn into office in January 2019.

September 1, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim to Hold Telephone Town Hall
on Joint Base and Military Family Issues

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced that he will be holding a telephone town hall on Wednesday, September 9th at 5:30pm to discuss issues regarding Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and military families across Burlington and Ocean Counties. This is the Congressman’s 25th town hall since he was sworn into office in January 2019.

August 30, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Statement on the
Death of Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) released the following statement on the death of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta of Brick, NJ.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Votes to Pass National Defense Authorization Act,
Delivers Wins for New Jersey

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) through the House of Representatives. Congressman Kim worked to secure critical wins for New Jersey that will help create jobs, honor our service members and increase readiness for the next generation of national security threats.

July 9, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Presses Secretary Esper, General Milley on Russian Bounties,
Use of Military Against Civilian Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) pressed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley on the use of the National Guard in responding to recent protests, and the military’s response to reports of Russian-funding bounties placed on U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

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

June 25, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Introduces Bill to Aid Military Communities

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10), Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06), and Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced the Defense Communities Coronavirus Relief Act, H.R. 7290. The bill would provide targeted aid to defense communities; towns across America that proudly host U.S. military installations.

May 21, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Leads Bipartisan Effort to Extend NJ National Guard Deployment During COVID-19 Crisis
 

May 19, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Kim Calls on Administration to
Extend National Guard Deployment

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) released the following statement in response to a Politico report that members of the National Guard currently deployed to combat the Coronavirus Crisis face a ‘hard stop’ on their deployments, which would deny them benefits and take them off the frontlines of the fight.