UPDATE AS OF 9/23/20!
On September 23, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1925 by unanimous consent! Thank you to our members, supporters, and allies who stood with us and marched with us, who provided letters and statements of support, who took the time to make calls and send emails to their representatives, who went in person to Congressional offices with us, who provided financial support, and otherwise took part in the effort to get the full support of New York State's Congressional delegation, state and local legislative offices, and support from VSOs and veteran-serving organizations for this bill!
If you're a New York resident, please contact Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Schumer to urge them to move S.898 forward. Please also contact Sen. Jerry Moran, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, to urge him to bring this bill to a vote.
S.898 and H.R. 1925 are bipartisan bills proposing to name the Manhattan VA Hospital in honor of Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin, who was the first woman paid and pensioned by the United States military for her service and wounds in combat. New Yorkers need the full support of our state’s Congressional delegation to name the Manhattan VA hospital in honor of Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin. This legislation will:
- Designate the first VA hospital campus named in honor of a woman veteran
- Honor the nation’s first woman veteran recognized and pensioned by the U.S. military for her wounds in combat in 1776
- Commemorate Manhattan’s Battle of Fort Washington, where Margaret Corbin made the Continental Army’s final stand before falling to near-fatal wounds
- Signal the VA’s recognition of women’s service and sacrifice as members of the U.S. Armed forces since 1776
- Increase VA access for women veterans, a rapidly growing yet underserved population, by recognizing and welcoming them
In November 2018, we commemorated Corbin's service and sacrifice with a 12-mile march from Fraunces Tavern to Fort Tryon Park, where we held a press conference announcing the introduction of legislation honoring Margaret Corbin. Check out coverage on National Public Radio and NY1.
Read more in our policy brief and letters of support.
This bill was originally introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, and in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Chuck Schumer. It is supported by NY State Sen. Brad Hoylman, NY State Sen. Liz Krueger, NYS Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC Council Member Carlina Rivera, Commissioner of NYC Veterans' Services Loree Sutton, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Veteran Advocacy Project, Service Women's Action Network, and New York Legal Assistance Group. It is also supported by United Spinal Association, whose former CEO James J. Peters is the namesake of the Bronx VA Medical Center.
Thanks to everyone who has taken part in getting this bill passed!