Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, lawmakers and military veterans groups gathered in Washington, D.C. to announce legislation that would make it easier for veterans to get disability benefits for diseases linked to toxic fumes from garbage burn pits.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stands with veterans on Long Island who say they rely on the post office for regular distribution of prescription drugs.
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined military veterans on Long Island to denounce funding gaps and changes to the Postal Service.

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The number of coronavirus cases among veterans is on the rise, but hospitalizations remain lower. Connecticut has seen over 400 veterans’ cases and nearly 300 cases on Long Island since March. The death toll is below 40 in each state. That’s because many veterans who are infected with COVID-19 don’t necessarily require intensive care, according to data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Trump administration credits an expansion of telemedicine and increased testing for keeping serious cases among veterans low.

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New York Congressman Lee Zeldin has written to President Trump to urge him to expand a popular peer-to-peer support group for veterans that started on Long Island. 

Veteran Support Program Gets Funding In Albany

May 22, 2020
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Funding for a support program that provides counseling to veterans and their families was restored after it was originally excluded in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal this year.