WASHINGTON, DC – Supporters of Rep. Chris Smith’s (NJ-04) legislation, H.R. 2435, the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, converged on Capitol Hill this week to advocate for the bill, which will provide for increased access to federal lands for the purposes of veterans’ medical therapy.
H.R. 2435 would empower a newly created task force to identify barriers veterans face when accessing public lands for treatment, and provide within one year recommendations to Congress on ways to eliminate those barriers. The legislation would help expose barriers to be overcome and new opportunities to be pursued so that public lands are more available for recreational activities, such as hiking, backpacking, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, and biking, which have proven to advance recuperation and healing. Ultimately HR 2435 will supplement the VA’s major medical care programs with outdoor recreational therapy for military veterans. Read the rest of this entry »
Congressman Smith meets with some of the 200 friends, family members and supporters of Braeden’s mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram, who came out at the Aug. 1 memorial in Neptune. At left is Robert Ingram, Braeden’s step-father, and Jill Greene, Joanne’s attorney.
Bill would create a commission to review heat stroke exertion risk to student athletes
Continuing his career long practice of writing legislation that arises from constituent service, Congressman Chris Smith introduced a bill in the House of Representatives on Friday named for Braedon Bradford, the 19 year old Neptune Township football player who died of exertional heat stroke on August 2, 2018 at Garden City Community College in Kansas where he was a freshman scholarship player. Read the rest of this entry »
Teaching children to recognize, resist and report any attempt to recruit or coerce them into human trafficking
WASHINGTON, DC—An international parliamentary assembly of leading lawmakers from 54 countries today unanimously adopted an anti-human trafficking initiative authored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) to further protect children by teaching them about the risks of human trafficking.
Rep. Smith on Saturday with some of the 17 students from New Jersey’s Congressional District 4 who will be attending the service academies.
NEPTUNE, NJ—U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) commended a dozen students from the Fourth Congressional District who will soon be leaving to attend the nation’s prestigious military academies. Smith hosted a reception Saturday afternoon for the future cadets and midshipmen, and their families, as they prepare for four years of college at the military service academies and a commitment to serving in our nations Armed Forces upon completion of their education.
“It was hard work that got you here, it will take persistence, commitment, courage and devotion to God and our country to succeed,”Smith said to the nominees present at the forum. “And succeed you will—as the next generation of leaders in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Merchant Marine.”
Brraeden Bradforth and his mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram, celebrating his graduation from Neptune High School
Garden City Community College, the Kansas school where Braeden Bradforth, a football standout from Neptune died last August 1 following an intense day of workouts, has reversed course after months on stonewalling the cause and circumstances of the tragedy and agreed to fund a $100,000 independent external investigation. Read the rest of this entry »
Joanne Atkins-Ingram, center, her attorney, Jill E. Green, and Congressman Chris Smith, held a press conference on April 7, to demand an independent investigation into the death Braeden Bradforth, Atkins-Ingram’s son.
New Jersey’s 11 Democrat members of the House of Representatives joined the delegation’s sole Republican, Congressman Chris Smith, this week in the battle to achieve justice for Braeden Bradforth, the 19 year old Neptune, NJ football player who died suddenly at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas last August.
Bradforth died on August 1, 2018 following a football practice on his second day on the GCCC squad. The team’s coach, Jeff Sims, attributed Bradforth’s death to a blood clot. The local medical examiner ruled the cause of death extreme heat stroke. The college administration destroyed surveillance video.
Congressman Chris Smith said that the legalistic stonewalling on the part of Garden City Community College “begs the question of a cover-up” of wrong doing or negligence regarding the death of 19 year old football player Braeden Bradforth.