Supporting our Military and Veterans
Helping our veterans and troops get the care and benefits they’ve earned
We owe it to the men and women who have worn our country’s uniform 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 5,000 veterans and their families. If you or a loved one is having a problem with the VA or any other federal agency, you can call my office toll free from the 541 area code at 800-533-3303. I have two veterans on staff, and we will do everything we can to get results for you.
Improving access to care for rural veterans
Especially for those vets in rural areas where a VA facility may not be nearby, I’ve worked hard on legislation, like the Veterans Choice program, to allow veterans to get the quality care they need outside the VA in the communities where they live.
Making the VA work for veterans
To improve the VA, we must increase accountability within the agency and protect employees willing to come forward on behalf of the veterans they serve. I was proud to support landmark VA reform through the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act as it passed the House and was signed into law. This will make sure all VA employees – including senior executives – are held to the highest ethical standard. Our veterans deserve nothing less for all they’ve done for us.
Raising pay for our active duty military
When the men and women of our armed forces put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, we must compensate them fairly. I have long worked to boost pay checks for our troops and support the construction of military hospitals, health facilities, and housing.
More on Supporting our Military and Veterans
Greg Walden Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act:
Patrol receives congressional salute
The Vets Ice Cream Patrol, which has been reaching out to veterans for five years, is no longer working in the shadows.
Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, was in La Grande Wednesday, and he honored the patrol by presenting the members with American flags that were flown in from Washington, D.C.
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Greg Walden nominates sixteen Oregon students for acceptance to U.S. service academies
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today that he has nominated sixteen Oregon students for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies. Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board -- retired military officers who interview potential candidates for the service academies -- recommended each student based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.
President signs Greg Walden bill to ensure military access to lifesaving medical treatments
Legislation will streamline approval process for lifesaving treatments for troops on front lines
Senate approves Greg Walden bill to ensure military access to lifesaving medical treatments
Action comes following unanimous approval of Walden bill in House of Representatives
In Case You Missed It: Greg Walden invites Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman to southern Oregon to meet local veterans, tour SORCC in White City
Lawmakers to take input from area veterans, VA officials back to Washington, D.C.
Veterans in Oregon and across the country deserve quality care in a timely manner when they go to the VA. Unfortunately, long wait times at many facilities have resulted in delayed access to essential health services, especially in rural and underserved areas in Oregon. We can and must solve this problem, and I’ve sponsored legislation to help.
Let’s start by making sure the VA is adequately staffed with qualified medical providers, and that these providers are able to devote their undivided attention to serving those who’ve served our country.