We owe our profound respect to the men and women who’ve served our country. On Friday, 25 World War II veterans arrived in Washington, D.C. to see their memorial on the National Mall. They came from across Oregon, representing every branch of our country’s military. We can never truly repay the debt of gratitude owed to these heroes. It was a privilege to fly American flags over the Capitol in their honor and pay tribute to each of them and their service in the Congressional Record. Thank you to the trip organizers, families, friends, and loved ones for making this Honor Flight possible. Thank you, most of all, to the veterans for making this day so special and for your service to our country.
On Friday, 25 World War II veterans from across Oregon visited their memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Please continue reading to learn more about recent legislation we’ve passed to improve the care for Oregon veterans, and meetings I held with Oregonians who were visiting Washington, D.C.
Increasing access to quality, timely care for Oregon veterans
Improving the care Oregon veterans receive at the VA is certainly a priority of mine and I know that it is for all Oregonians. The House recently passed seven pieces of legislation to take on some of the biggest issues facing our veterans and improve their access to timely care. Legislation the House passed will help the VA move through the backlog of appeals and increase flexibility in the appeals process. This will answer many of the concerns I’ve heard from veterans in the district — some of whom have waited two years just to get through the first step in the appeals process.
We also took concrete steps to improve the mental health care our veterans receive and to tackle the opioid epidemic — which has affected veterans and non-veterans alike across our country. The bills we passed will create a pilot program to explore new, innovative treatment options for veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, and allow for better monitoring of VA prescription drug use.
There is still much work to be done to get veterans access to the care they have earned and deserve in a timely manner. We won’t give up until that is done. These bills are an important first step in making progress on that front. To read more about these bills, please click here.
Meeting with Oregonians in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to Alison Moss of Bend, Oregon on being commissioned into the United States Navy. It was a privilege to present her with a flag flown over the Capitol and spend a few minutes with her proud mother and grandmother.
Marisa Remington of Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers and Kim McDonald of the Mt. Emily Safe Center in La Grande discussed their work with me while in Washington, D.C. for the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference.
Members of the Oregon Nurses Association gave me an update on their policy issues last week as part of their national conference in Washington, D.C.
Winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition
Liberty Rossel’s artwork, “We Have Seen Too Much”, was selected by a panel of judges as the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for our district.
Congratulations to Josephine County resident and Grants Pass High School senior Liberty Rossel for winning the Congressional Art Competition for Oregon’s Second District. Liberty’s painting “We Have Seen Too Much” was selected by a panel of local art professors and artists out of 87 entries from students around southern, central, and eastern Oregon. Her powerful painting will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol among the best student artwork in the nation, where it will be seen by members of Congress and visitors from around the world. Special thanks to all the art teachers from high schools around the state for encouraging their students to participate, and to this year’s outstanding judges for doing the difficult work of choosing our winner out of so many great entries. For more information on this year’s competition and how to participate in future competitions, please click here: https://walden.house.gov/artcompetition