Supporting our Military and Veterans

We owe it to the men and women who have worn our country’s uniform – and those who wear it today – to give them the support they need. That’s why I work hard to help cut through red tape at agencies like the VA, and we’ve already helped over 6,000 veterans and their families get answers and results.

I supported landmark reforms to the VA to make sure VA employees are held accountable for their actions, and can be removed or demoted for negligence, misconduct, or poor performance. The House also unanimously passed my plan to make sure veterans can receive more timely access to care at the VA.

To boost military readiness, I supported giving additional resources to our troops so they have the tools they need to carry out their missions safely and effectively. I also voted to give our men and women in uniform the largest pay raise they’ve seen in eight years – they deserve nothing less for all they do to defend our freedoms.

More on Supporting our Military and Veterans

September 21, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) shared an update on veterans impacted by Oregon wildfires after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that they will extend debt relief for veterans impacted by natural disasters, including wildfires.
September 18, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) and Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today applauded the Senate passage of a bill introduced by the delegation to rename the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Bend after Robert Maxwell, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient who lived in Bend. 
August 15, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Air Force’s decision to have Kingsley Field, home of the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, host the U.S. Air Force’s first F-15EX formal training mission as well as the decision to replace the base’s aging Air National Guard F-15C aircraft.
July 14, 2020 Press Release
Reps. Greg Walden (OR-02), Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Colin Allred (TX-32) and Aumua Amata Radewagen (AS-At Large) introduced bipartisan legislation to re-authorize a successful Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) work-study program in congressional offices, allowing veterans to assist their fellow veterans with accessing the benefits and services they’ve earned.
June 25, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to rename the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Bend after Bob Maxwell, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient from Bend.
April 21, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) praised cooperation between the Treasury Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that will make it easier for VA beneficiaries to receive their automatic economic impact payments.
March 24, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after President Trump signed legislation supported by Walden to ensure veterans’ do not lose access to their GI Bill benefits amid the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
March 18, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after sponsoring a bill, which has passed the Senate, that would protect student veterans’ access to their GI Bill benefits amid the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
February 7, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the House unanimously passed the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act. Walden co-sponsored the legislation that would enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide service dog training therapy to veterans in need.
January 7, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that he has nominated thirteen Oregon students for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies. Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board -- retired and active-duty military officers who interviewed potential candidates for the service academies -- recommended each student based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.