We're well on our way to passage! H.R. 1925 is a bipartisan bill 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
Last November, 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.
Let's Get This Passed!
Thanks to the months of work and advocacy by our team and membership, we are at last in sight of this bill passing! We need the further advocacy of our membership and support network to let each remaining NY Representative know how important their co-sponsorship is. Would you be wiling to reach out to your member of Congress with a short note or phone call in support?
These are the New York Representatives who haven't yet signed on as co-sponsors with our state's other 22 Reps:
NY-4 - Rep. Kathleen Rice
NY-8 - Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
NY-23 - Rep. Tom Reed II
Live outside of New York? Your Representative isn't required for passage, but every co-sponsor truly matters--and represents you! Look up your Rep and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 1925!
What to Say?
When you email or call your Rep, we suggest something similar to the following:
As your constituent (and/or a proud veteran, family member, resident of a neighborhood or area, etc.), I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 1925 to make the Manhattan VA hospital the first to be named in honor of a woman veteran. It is important to me that our VA system formally recognizes the service and heroism of women veterans going back to Margaret Corbin in 1776, and that all VA hospitals honor and welcome its women veterans to receive the healthcare they've earned.
Thank you for taking part in getting this bill passed!